al·​pine | \ˈal-ˌpīn \

Definition of alpine 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a plant native to alpine or boreal regions that is often grown for ornament

2 capitalized : a person possessing Alpine physical characteristics



Definition of Alpine (Entry 2 of 3)

1 often not capitalized : of, relating to, or resembling the Alps or any mountains

2 often not capitalized : of, relating to, or growing in the biogeographic zone including the elevated slopes above timberline

3 : of or relating to a physical type characterized by a broad head, stockiness, medium height, and brown hair or eyes often regarded as constituting a branch of the Caucasian race

4 : of or relating to competitive ski events consisting of slalom and downhill racing — compare nordic


geographical name
Al·​pine | \ˈal-ˌpīn \

Definition of Alpine (Entry 3 of 3)

city in a mountainous region of western Texas population 5905

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In this alpine setting an hour south of Geneva, the Thiou River drifts out of the glacial lake into a picturesque old town crisscrossed by bridges. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Exploring Annecy, the Venice of the French Alps," 7 Nov. 2018 Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom—Getty Images Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom—Getty Images Like mixed doubles curling, men and women will join forces in the alpine skiing team event. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "These Are the New Events on the Winter Olympics Sports Lineup This Year," 18 Feb. 2018 Speaking of alpine lakes, heading uphill is a great way to beat the heat. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "How to beat the heat on your fishing trips in Idaho’s summer sun," 12 July 2018 From the original schedule, four races were to have been contested by now, but instead there has been only one, Tuesday’s men’s alpine combined. Tim Layden,, "Olympic Alpine Delays Could Hurt, and Help Mikaela Shiffrin," 13 Feb. 2018 The caribou trails rutted deep into the sub-alpine tundra, leaving little doubt the animals would come through. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a case of mistaken identity almost spoiled a successful caribou hunt," 18 Apr. 2018 Dan Schwartz The senior closed his high school alpine career as the top individual skier in the Mass Bay East Ski League., "2017-18 Boys' Skiing (alpine) All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 The historic private inholding sits in a high alpine bowl above Independence Mine. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "There’s plenty of fuel, food and beer. But people trapped by Hatcher Pass avalanche are getting antsy.," 20 Mar. 2018 Many other daphne species are also highly fragrant, including garland flower (d. cneorum), alpine daphne (d. alpina), Caucasian daphne. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 60 Most Fragrant Flowers Across The World," 11 May 2017

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circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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