Definition of alpenglow in English:



  • The rosy light of the setting or rising sun seen on high mountains.

    ‘the red granite flickered warmly in the evening alpenglow’
    • ‘Nearing dusk, we put on skins and climbed back up to the lodge, whose beaconing lights looked like a Christmas card with alpenglow highlighting the surrounding mountains.’
    • ‘From the roadside vantage points we had stunning views of McKinley's commanding summit bathed in alpenglow and reflected in Wonder Lake.’
    • ‘The coldness of the colors is given an unusual strength in this photograph by the presence of the vibrant alpenglow: The cold and warm colors intensify each other.’
    • ‘Sinking behind nearby Mount St. Helens, the sun ignited Mount Hood in fiery red alpenglow.’
    • ‘Ride the gondola to a log lodge on the top of Winter Park Mountain and watch the alpenglow wash over the granite tops of the Indian Peaks, turning the clouds orange and pink.’



/ˈalpənˌɡlō/ /ˈælpənˌɡloʊ/


Late 19th century a partial translation of German Alpenglühen, literally ‘Alp glow’.