Definition of meltemi in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /mɛlˈtɛmi/
(also meltemi wind)


A dry north-westerly wind which blows during the summer in the eastern Mediterranean.
Example sentences
  • The meltemi winds are known by old Greeks as the Etesian northern winds and are not viewed in a bad way as they bring cooler weather, low humidity and good visibility.
  • The legendary meltemi winds are so sudden and so strong that they play havoc with ferry schedules to the islands, so you can imagine what they do to a tiny rowing shell.
  • As the day has progressed the meltemi winds have been reducing and as of 14.00 EST there was a strong tail wind coming directly down the 2000 metre course from the north.


From modern Greek meltémi, Turkish meltem.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: mel|temi

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.