al·​pin·​ist | \ ˈal-pə-nist How to pronounce alpinist (audio) \
variants: or Alpinist
plural alpinists or Alpinists

Definition of alpinist

1 : a mountain climber specializing in high, difficult ascents In the world of alpinists Mr. Lowe was a celebrity, tackling routes that seemed impossible to other climbers and with as little equipment as he could.— Daniel E. Slotnik … on the top of the fifth highest mountain in the continental U.S., one on which alpinists practice before heading for the Andes and Himalayas …— Paul Clark
2 : an Alpine skier (see alpine sense 4) To the dedicated alpinist, cross-country skiing is an amateurish parody of the real art.Time As for the women, the only American Alpinist with a shot at a medal is 20-year-old Cindy Nelson in the downhill.— Peter Bonventre

First Known Use of alpinist

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Alpinist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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