crampon

noun cram·pon \ ˈkram-ˌpän \
Updated on: 10 Apr 2018

Definition of crampon

1 : a hooked clutch or dog for raising heavy objects usually used in plural
2 : a climbing iron used especially on ice and snow in mountaineering usually used in plural

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Origin and Etymology of crampon

Middle English, from Middle French crampon, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch crampe


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Definition of crampon for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of metal with sharp points on the bottom that is worn by mountain climbers on the bottom of boots to make it easier to walk on ice and snow


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