sea breeze



a thermally produced wind blowing from a cool ocean surface onto adjoining warm land.

Origin of sea breeze

First recorded in 1690–1700 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sea-breeze

Historical Examples of sea-breeze

  • The sea-breeze was soft as silk, the afternoon sunshine was delicately brilliant.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • At noon a sea-breeze, fair; at five o'clock a land-breeze, foul.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • Not even the air stirred, for the sea-breeze was not due till later.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Then the sea-breeze blew this smoke, too, away from the wreckage.


    Murray Leinster

  • She being more in the offing, would get the sea-breeze first.

    The Three Midshipmen

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for sea-breeze

sea breeze


a wind blowing from the sea to the land, esp during the day when the land surface is warmer
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Word Origin and History for sea-breeze

one blowing from the sea to the shore, 1690s, from sea + breeze (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sea-breeze in Culture

sea breeze

The breeze that blows from the sea toward the land during the day, as air rising over the warmer land is replaced by cooler air from above the sea. (Compare land breeze.)

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