- a hot, dry, dustladen wind blowing from northern Africa and affecting parts of southern Europe.
- a warm, sultry south or southeast wind accompanied by rain, occurring in the same regions.
- any hot, oppressive wind, especially one in the warm sector of a cyclone.
Origin of sirocco
Examples from the Web for sirocco
For the hand he held was shaking like some slender-stalked lily in the clutch of the sirocco.Within the Law
Tramontana and sirocco alternate, and each is more unendurable than the other.Italy, the Magic Land
Kalliope, faithful even amid the torment of the sirocco, followed her.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
He shivered; then a sirocco of fire followed the void of the wind.The Dragon Painter
Mary McNeil Fenollosa
The deep melancholy poured into him by sirocco caused him to do so now.The Call of the Blood
Robert Smythe Hichens
- a hot oppressive and often dusty wind usually occurring in spring, beginning in N Africa and reaching S Europe
- any hot southerly wind, esp one moving to a low pressure centre
Word Origin and History for sirocco
"hot wind blowing from the Libyan deserts," 1610s, from Italian sirocco, from vulgar Arabic shoruq "the east wind," from Arabic sharqi "eastern, east wind," from sharq "east," from sharaqa "to rise" (in reference to the sun).