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al·​pine ˈal-ˌpīn How to pronounce alpine (audio)
: a plant native to alpine or boreal regions that is often grown for ornament
capitalized : a person possessing Alpine physical characteristics


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often not capitalized : of, relating to, or resembling the Alps or any mountains
often not capitalized : of, relating to, or growing in the biogeographic zone including the elevated slopes above timberline
: of or relating to a group or physical type characterized by a broad head, stockiness, medium height, and brown hair or eyes
: of or relating to competitive ski events consisting of slalom and downhill racing compare nordic

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
The alpine ski racer will miss World Cup giant slalom and slalom races set to take place Tuesday and Wednesday in Lienz, Austria, according to USA Today. Natasha Dado,, 27 Dec. 2021 Lake Tahoe, located in the Sierra Nevadas in northeastern California, is the largest alpine lake in North America. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 9 Mar. 2022 Lugging overnight gear and a baby up a steep trail to an alpine lake wasn’t easy, but the experience was definitely improved by the Poco carrier. The Editors, Outside Online, 8 Oct. 2022 Want to whip up pancakes in the mountains — or grill burgers by an alpine lake? Deanna Pai, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2022 Post-Swimming in an Alpine Lake Hiking all the way to a pristine alpine lake is a pretty awesome way to spend a day off. Outside Online, 1 July 2022 Today, similar iterations, with recreation as the driving force, span alpine environments all over the world. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 15 June 2022 Climate change is raising temperatures and increasing the frequency and intensity of droughts in those high-elevation alpine environments, where mines typically are located. Elizabeth Miller, Scientific American, 4 Nov. 2021 Though paragliding is more common in Europe’s high alpine environments, the sport’s deepest roots are in Northern California. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alpine was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Alpine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



al·​pine ˈal-ˌpīn How to pronounce alpine (audio)
often capitalized
: of, relating to, or resembling mountains and especially the Alps
: of, relating to, or growing on upland slopes above the highest elevation where trees grow
capitalized : of or relating to competitive ski events consisting of slalom and downhill racing

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Al·​pine ˈal-ˌpīn How to pronounce Alpine (audio)
city in a mountainous region of western Texas population 5905

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