from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A curved wooden horn, sometimes as long as 6 meters (20 feet), used by herders in the Alps to call cows to pasture.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A long, powerful horn, curving up and widening toward its extremity, formerly used on the Alps to convey signals and to sound the charge in battle, but now employed only by cowherds. Also called alp-horn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A curved wooden horn about three feet long, with a cupped mouthpiece and a bell, used by the Swiss to sound the ranz des vaches and other melodies. Its notes are open harmonics of the tube.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of alphorn.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[German : Alpen, Alps + Horn, horn (from Middle High German, from Old High German; see ker- in Indo-European roots).]



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  • Riiiiii-co-laaaaaaaaa!

    January 28, 2009

  • Busch Gardens has a roller coaster called Alpengeist. Which I will now always confuse with alpenhorn.

    January 28, 2009

  • Sometimes I like to add "alpen-" to words just for fun. Everything sounds more exotic that way.

    I have to get back to alpenwork now.

    January 28, 2009

  • I can't get back to work just yet--I need an alpencoffee break, and then perhaps a trip to the alpenrestroom.

    Hey! You're right!

    January 29, 2009

  • See?

    *sipping alpentea*

    January 29, 2009

  • I was served "alpenbutter" when flying Lufthansa. I derived much amusement thereby.

    August 29, 2009

  • What a great alpenstory!

    August 31, 2009

  • Alpentraum - my daydream of being in the mountains again. Could also be bergtraum. For want of an umlaut and laziness, I won't list the plurals of these words, which I fail to find in German dictionaries.

    August 31, 2009

  • I've made an alpenlist for your alpenamusement.

    August 25, 2011