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tramontane

[ truh-mon-teyn, tram-uhn-teyn ]

adjective

  1. being or situated beyond the mountains.
  2. beyond the Alps as viewed from Italy; transalpine.
  3. of, relating to, or coming from the other side of the mountains.
  4. foreign; barbarous.


noun

  1. 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.
  2. a foreigner; outlander; barbarian.
  3. a violent, polar wind from the northwest that blows in southern France.

tramontane

/ trəˈmɒnteɪn /

adjective

  1. being or coming from the far side of the mountains, esp from the other side of the Alps as seen from Italy
  2. foreign or barbarous
  3. (of a wind) blowing down from the mountains


noun

  1. an inhabitant of a tramontane country
  2. Also calledtramontana a cold dry wind blowing south or southwest from the mountains in Italy and the W Mediterranean
  3. rare.
    a foreigner or barbarian

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tramontane1

1300–50 for an earlier sense; 1585–95 tramontane fordef 5; Middle English tramountayne pole star < Italian tramontano < Latin trānsmontānus beyond the mountains. See trans-, mount 2, -an

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tramontane1

C16: from Italian tramontano , from Latin trānsmontānus , from trans- + montānus , from mōns mountain

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Example Sentences

One sort is that which people carry into those (Tramontane) countries.

The blue sky became overcast, and a strong tramontane, as the north wind is there called, was blowing.

The people there said they never remembered such a Tramontane (north-wind) except in December or January.

The original tower fell two centuries ago during an extra violent blow of the tramontane.

Spotswood instituted the Tramontane Order for this purpose; but it appears to have soon fallen through.

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