tramontane

[truh-mon-teyn, tram-uh n-teyn]
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adjective Also transmontane.

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.

noun


Origin of tramontane

1300–50 for an earlier sense; 1585–95 for def 5; Middle English tramountayne pole star < Italian tramontano < Latin trānsmontānus beyond the mountains. See trans-, mount2, -an

tramontana

[trah-muh n-tah-nuh, -tan-uh; Italian trah-mawn-tah-nah]

noun, plural tra·mon·ta·nas, Italian tra·mon·ta·ne [trah-mawn-tah-ne] /ˌtrɑ mɔnˈtɑ nɛ/.

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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tramontane

adjective Also: transmontane

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

noun

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

Word Origin for tramontane

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