Definition of transalpine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtranˈzalpīn/
Pronunciation: /ˌtran(t)ˈsalpīn/


1Of, related to, or situated in the area beyond the Alps, in particular as viewed from Italy. See also Gaul1.
Example sentences
  • Local specialities like marinated eel with shallots co-exist with transalpine dishes involving foie gras or oysters.
  • In Renaissance Diplomacy Garrett Mattingly traces the development of the residential form of diplomacy among the five Italian city-states that eventually made its way into transalpine Europe.
  • These men belonged to a transalpine cultural world.
1.1Crossing the Alps: transalpine road freight
More example sentences
  • Communications were improved through extensive construction of roads and waterways, most notably the transalpine Simplon Pass, completed in 1805.
  • The government is negotiating to buy a share in the Transalpine Pipeline, which pumps Azeri oil from the Italian port of Trieste to Germany, in a bid to lower energy dependence on Russia.
  • Transalpine freight in border-to-border transit shall be carried by rail.


Late 16th century: from Latin transalpinus, from trans- 'across' + alpinus (see alpine).

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Syllabification: trans·al·pine

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