al·​pine | \ ˈal-ˌpīn How to pronounce alpine (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Alpine (audio) \

Definition of Alpine (Entry 3 of 3)

city in a mountainous region of western Texas population 5905

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With the advent of alpine skiing in the early 20th century, tourists began traveling to Switzerland in winter, giving the country a year-round tourism industry. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "How the pursuit of one European peak gave rise to modern mountaineering," 1 Aug. 2019 Use Valle Chacabuco as a rest stop—or hike the 14-mile Lagunas Altas Trail to spot guanacos and condors among the alpine lakes. National Geographic, "Take the perfect road trip at the bottom of the world," 5 July 2019 Known for broad meadows and alpine lakes, Rocky Mountain’s southeast sector is accessed via Bear Lake Road. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Rocky Mountain National Park," 8 May 2019 The detailed alpine set for the fall 2019 collection was nothing short of stunning, and featured the runway debut of actress Penélope Cruz. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Karl Lagerfeld's Final Chanel Show Was a Snowy Winter Wonderland," 5 Mar. 2019 While Kurka has been a top alpine sit-skier for several years, Miller didn't compete in her first World Cup race until December. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "At the Paralympic Games, Team Alaska consists of a rookie and a contender," 9 Mar. 2018 Williwaw Lakes: Tucked in Chugach State Park, this string of nine alpine lakes allows for the most customizable itinerary. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "Make the most of your trip with these hikes near Anchorage," 2 May 2018 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

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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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