[truh-mon-teyn, tram-uh n-teyn]
- being or situated beyond the mountains.
- beyond the Alps as viewed from Italy; transalpine.
- of, relating to, or coming from the other side of the mountains.
- foreign; barbarous.
- a person who lives beyond the mountains: formerly applied by the Italians to the peoples beyond the Alps, and by the latter to the Italians.
- a foreigner; outlander; barbarian.
- a violent, polar wind from the northwest that blows in southern France.
Origin of tramontane
[trah-muh n-tah-nuh, -tan-uh; Italian trah-mawn-tah-nah]
- a cold wind from the north or northeast that blows in the western Mediterranean.
- any north wind issuing from a mountainous region.
Origin of tramontana
1605–15; < Italian, noun use of feminine of tramontano tramontane
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The original tower fell two centuries ago during an extra violent blow of the tramontane.Castles and Chateaux of Old Navarre and the Basque Provinces
Spotswood instituted the Tramontane Order for this purpose; but it appears to have soon fallen through.
He also failed in an effort to obtain from the government compensation for his companions in the Tramontane exploration.
The inhabitants of tramontane Virginia are very imperfectly acquainted with its history.
- being or coming from the far side of the mountains, esp from the other side of the Alps as seen from Italy
- foreign or barbarous
- (of a wind) blowing down from the mountains
- an inhabitant of a tramontane country
- Also called: tramontana a cold dry wind blowing south or southwest from the mountains in Italy and the W Mediterranean
- rare a foreigner or barbarian
C16: from Italian tramontano, from Latin trānsmontānus, from trans- + montānus, from mōns mountain
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