One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of, related 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.’
- ‘These men belonged to a transalpine cultural world.’
- ‘Local specialities like marinated eel with shallots co-exist with transalpine dishes involving foie gras or oysters.’
- 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.’
- ‘Transalpine freight in border-to-border transit shall be carried by rail.’
- ‘Communications were improved through extensive construction of roads and waterways, most notably the transalpine Simplon Pass, completed in 1805.’
Late 16th century: from Latin transalpinus, from trans- ‘across’ + alpinus (see alpine).
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