Definition of transalpine in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtrɑːnzˈalpʌɪn//ˌtranzˈalpʌɪn/


  • 1Related to or situated in the area beyond the Alps, in particular as viewed from Italy.

    See also Gaul
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Local specialities like marinated eel with shallots co-exist with transalpine dishes involving foie gras or oysters.’
    • ‘These men belonged to a transalpine cultural world.’
    1. 1.1 Crossing the Alps.
      ‘transalpine road freight’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Communications were improved through extensive construction of roads and waterways, most notably the transalpine Simplon Pass, completed in 1805.’
      • ‘Transalpine freight in border-to-border transit shall be carried by rail.’


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