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 group or physical type characterized by a broad head, stockiness, medium height, and brown hair or eyes
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

Examples of alpine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 26-year-old, who works at an alpine resort in the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany, had recently returned from a trip abroad and decided to go out, despite having COVID-19 symptoms, the Associated Press reported. Julie Mazziotta,, "American Waiting on Coronavirus Test Results Went Bar Hopping in Germany, Likely Infecting 59," 16 Sep. 2020 Njeim competed in three winter Olympics as an alpine skier before switching to the marathon for the Rio 2016 summer games and needs a strong time from her next marathon to qualify for Tokyo 2021. Becky Thompson, CNN, "Marathon runner Chirine Njeim wants to use the Olympics to tell the world about Lebanon," 11 Sep. 2020 These marshes also contain plants usually found in the high-altitude Alps, such as alpine toadflax and marsh gentian. National Geographic, "At France’s newest national park, it’s all about the trees," 1 Sep. 2020 While Utah strives to increase goats’ range, Wyoming has never translocated mountain goats into alpine habitats, which abound in the Cowboy State. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah looks to expand mountain goat range, but at what cost to alpine landscapes?," 23 Aug. 2020 The encroachment of subalpine ecosystems threatens species that have lived in formerly alpine habitats for thousands of years, including trees such as whitebark pine, flowers such as moss campion, and birds such as Clark’s nutcracker. Mara Johnson-groh, Smithsonian Magazine, "Because of Climate Change, Canada’s Rocky Mountain Forests Are on the Move," 17 Aug. 2020 There will be no World Economic Forum meetings in Davos next January, after the organizer said the coronavirus crisis had forced it to postpone the event in the Swiss alpine town, a highlight on the international business calendar, to next summer. James Hookway, WSJ, "January Davos Meeting Postponed on Covid-19 Fears," 26 Aug. 2020 Located above the Arctic Circle, this river route passes through a glacial valley, alpine tundra, deep canyons, and open plains. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "8 U.S. Canoe Trips That’ll Transport You Into the American Wild," 16 Aug. 2020 Picture yourself pitching a tent beside an alpine lake. oregonlive, "How to plan your first backpacking trip: Peak Northwest podcast," 30 July 2020

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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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“Alpine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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