al·​ti·​pla·​no | \ ˌal-ti-ˈplä-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce altiplano (audio) \
plural altiplanos

Definition of altiplano

: a high plateau or plain : tableland

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Examples of altiplano in a Sentence

a cold wind from the Andes swept across the altiplano
Recent Examples on the Web The Bolivian capital sits in a yawning crater in the Andean altiplano, more than twelve thousand feet above sea level. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Fall of Evo Morales," 16 Mar. 2020 La Paz, a city of more than 1 million people, lies at the bottom of a deep canyon in the Andean altiplano, or plateau. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, "Protesters cut off Bolivia's capital with renewed fury over deaths," 22 Nov. 2019 The city got its start in the early 20th century when migrants began arriving from the altiplano, the Andean highlands of western Bolivia. The Economist, "El Alto shares Evo Morales’s indigenous identity, not his socialism," 19 Sep. 2019 The altiplano of the Puna Catamarqueña feels like the world stretching its limbs after a long confinement. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of altiplano

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for altiplano

American Spanish, from Latin altus + planum plain

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The first known use of altiplano was in 1919

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30 Mar 2020

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“Altiplano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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