Definition of alp in English:

alp

Syllabification: alp

noun

  • 1A high mountain, especially a snowcapped one.
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    • Suddenly a brilliant glow filled the night, illuminating the snow-capped alps in the distance.
    • For winter sports enthusiasts, the southern and northern Japanese alps and the mountains of Hokkaido are home to some of the very best powder snow in the world.
    • The late renaissance had little experience of pack-ice and polar seas, but they did have plenty of glaciers in the alps.
  • 1.1(In Switzerland) an area of green pasture on a mountainside.
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    • Areas of the alps still show signs of environmental damage wrought by decades of cattle grazing, even though grazing stopped more than 60 years ago.
    • The steep grass of the alp scoured my knees and slapped my cheeks.
    • Partly, this is the setting - nestled on the shores of a number of lakes at the southernmost tip of Switzerland, surrounded by the craggy beauty of the alps.

Origin

late Middle English: singular of Alps.

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