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 Its 360,000 acres contain 31 peaks over 8,000 feet, 60 alpine lakes and vast expanses of fir, larch and limber pine. Brian Smale, Smithsonian Magazine, "A vintage guidebook inspires a quirky trip through Oregon, from a wilderness lodge to a Gilded Age saloon to a town hidden underground," 22 Apr. 2021 Hiking can transport you to waterfalls, high-alpine lakes, and vistas that many people never get to see. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "8 Best Backpacking Trips Around the World," 25 Apr. 2021 Even in a country with a variety of regional climates—from tropical to Himalayan alpine—hot, sweaty summers are a constant. Sneha Mehta, Vogue, "Dressing for a Hotter Planet: In India, Designers Honor the Natural Sustainability of Artisan Crafts," 22 Apr. 2021 At one time or another, most of the top alpine skiers from around the globe have dined on Adolph’s European cuisine. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Adolph’s Restaurant, a Park City institution and ski-racing shrine, will close after nearly 50 years in business," 22 Apr. 2021 Not long after the cross-country skiers are done, alpine skiers will take over for a less formal race -- the bikini dual slalom, from noon to 4 p.m. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "There’s something for everyone at Alyeska this weekend -- a grueling hillclimb, a daring downhill and a bikini race," 16 Apr. 2021 Wildflower season typically begins in early spring at lower elevations, with alpine meadows blooming come summer. oregonlive, "8 wildflowers blooming right now in Oregon and Washington, and where to find them," 15 Apr. 2021 The Balancing Tonic is light yet effective and smells wonderful, like tiny white flowers on an alpine hillside in spring. Rachel Krause,, "I’m A Celebrity Sommelier & This Is What My Beauty Routine Looks Like In A Week," 12 Apr. 2021 Nor did the fact that the mountains northwest of Beijing received only eight inches of snowfall annually, meaning alpine venues would rely on manmade snow. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, "Olympic leaders struggle to deal with China’s history of human rights abuses," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of alpine


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 17 May. 2021.

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