alpinism

noun, often capitalized
al·​pin·​ism | \ ˈal-pə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce alpinism (audio) \

Definition of alpinism

: mountain climbing in the Alps or other high mountains

Examples of alpinism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The region is not known for alpinism or climbing of any sort. Matt Skenazy, Outside Online, "The Last Days of Marc-André Leclerc," 19 June 2018 There’s a strong artistic element to alpinism, including ski touring. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "A HISTORIC ADVENTURE From Snoqualmie Pass to Canada in 34 days — on skis," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of alpinism

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Alpinism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alpinism. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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