a high mountain, esp. in Switzerland
Origin of alpfrom Classical Latin Alpes, the Alps
- A mountain meadow, especially one used for pasturage.
- A high mountain.
- A very large mound or mass.
Origin of alpUltimately, partly via German Alp ( from German dialectal (Alemannic) Alp ) ( from Middle High German albe ) ( from Old High German alba ) and partly via French regional (Switzerland) alpe ( probably of Alpine Romance origin ) (Lombard alp ) (Italian alpe ) from an indigenous pre-Roman Alpine language ( also the source of Latin Alpēs the Alps )Senses 2 and 3, back-formation from the Alps
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