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tramontane Line breaks: tra|mon¦tane
Pronunciation: /trəˈmɒnteɪn/

Definition of tramontane in English:


Relating to or living on the other side of mountains, especially the Alps as seen from Italy.


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1 another term for tramontana.
Example sentences
  • In France, 2,741 acres of woodland near Perpignan were reduced to ashes in a blaze fanned by a tramontane wind gusting up to 80 mph.
  • Wind is common throughout the growing season, with the tramontane bringing cool air from the mountains.
  • The weather is fine over the entire Mediterranean coast, but the tramontane is blowing over the coast of Languedoc.
2 archaic A person who lives on the other side of mountains (used especially by Italians to refer to people beyond the Alps).
Example sentences
  • As the tramontanes infiltrate the Appalachians, they often remark of the beauty of the far ranges and mists.


Middle English (as a noun denoting the Pole Star): from Italian tramontana 'Pole Star, north wind', tramontani 'people living beyond the Alps', from Latin transmontanus 'beyond the mountains', from trans- 'across' + mons, mont- 'mountain'.

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