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alpinist

Syllabification: al·pin·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈalpənəst
 
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Definition of alpinist in English:

noun

A climber of high mountains, especially in the Alps.
Example sentences
  • Operating without adequate fuel reserves was one of the issues that put these four alpinists in trouble.
  • Still, although these preclimb climbing trips have honed many an alpinist's mental acuity, mountain acumen, and technical skill, they are usually too short to effectively jump-start physiological acclimatization.
  • I'd asked Mark Twight to be my partner because he was a bold alpinist known for climbing fast and light, an ascetic philosophy I live by.

Origin

late 19th century: from French alpiniste, from alpin (see alpine).

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