on this (the southern) side of the Alps, from the viewpoint of Rome as the seat of the Roman Empire
Origin of cisalpineClassical Latin cisalpinus: see cis- and Alpine
Relating to, living on, or coming from the southern side of the Alps.
Origin of cisalpineLatin Cisalpīnus cis- cis- alpīnus alpine ; see alpine .
(comparative more cisalpine, superlative most cisalpine)
- On this side of the Alps (with respect to Rome, therefore the south side).