Definition of trade wind in English:

trade wind

Syllabification: trade wind
Pronunciation: /ˈtrād ˌwind
 
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noun

A wind blowing steadily toward the equator from the northeast in the northern hemisphere or the southeast in the southern hemisphere, especially at sea. Two belts of trade winds encircle the earth, blowing from the tropical high-pressure belts to the low-pressure zone at the equator.
More example sentences
  • The southeast trade wind blows softly from the Coral Sea.
  • It's 80 degrees, and there's a warm trade wind blowing in.
  • If we get the trade wind, a south westerly, our task will be that much easier but it's still a daunting prospect.

Origin

mid 17th century: from the phrase blow trade 'blow steadily in the same direction.' Because of the importance of these winds to navigation, 18th-century etymologists were led erroneously to connect the word trade with “commerce.”.

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