- The rosy light of the setting or rising sun seen on high mountains.
“We hiked to the peak of the mountain before dawn in order to bask in the alpenglow of sunrise.”
“The alpenglow provided the perfect backdrop for our romantic picnic.”
“While the warm light of the alpenglow is fleeting, it’s worth making the trek to see it.”
German, late 19th century
Why this word?
While a picture may be worth a thousand words, this word may sum up a thousand picture-perfect vistas. From the German Alpenglühen (literally “Alp glow”), “alpenglow” describes the rosy hue of the light over the mountaintops, either at sunrise or sunset.