mountain system in SC Europe extending from S France through Switzerland, Italy, SW Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina into Serbia, Kosovo, and Montenegro: highest peak, Mont Blanc
Origin of AlpsClassical Latin Alpes, high mountains; probably from a non-IE root an unverified form alb-, mountain: thought by some scholars to be also the origin of Albion
A mountain system of south-central Europe, about 800 km (500 mi) long and 160 km (100 mi) wide, curving in an arc from the Riviera on the Mediterranean Sea through northern Italy and southeast France, Switzerland, southern Germany, and Austria and into the northwest part of the Balkan Peninsula. The highest peak is Mont Blanc, 4,808 m (15,774 ft), on the French-Italian border.
Origin of AlpsMiddle English Alpes from Old English Alpis from Latin Alpēs ; see alp .
- plural form of alp
Usually referred to as "the Alps".
Ultimately from Latin Alpes.