- of the Alps or the peoples living in the region of the Alps
- of or like high mountains
- growing in high altitudes above the timberline
- [sometimesa-] designating or having to do with downhill or slalom skiing
- designating or of a physical type of the Caucasoid peoples exemplified by the broad-headed, brown-haired, medium-statured people of the Alps
Origin of AlpineClassical Latin alpinus from Alpes, the Alps
- Alpine Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Alps or their inhabitants.
- Of or relating to high mountains.
- Biology Living or growing on mountains above the timberline: alpine plants.
- often Alpine Sports a. Of or relating to a style of mountaineering that emphasizes ascent by small parties carrying light packs and eschewing the use of porters.b. Of or relating to downhill skiing.
Origin of alpineMiddle English from Latin Alpīnus from Alpēs , the Alps
(comparative more alpine, superlative most alpine)
(comparative more Alpine, superlative most Alpine)
- Relating to the Alps, a mountain range in Western Europe.
From French alpin, see also alpine
- mixed wool and silk or mohair and cotton fabric