WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
al•pin•ist  (alpə nist), 
n. (often cap.)
  • Sporta mountain climber, esp. in the Alps.
  • Sporta downhill skier, esp. one engaging in competitive slalom and downhill events.
  • Etymology:
    • French alpiniste. See Alpine, -ist
    • 1880–85


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    alpinist /ˈælpɪnɪst/ n
    1. a mountaineer who climbs in medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps



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