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Definition of "tramontane" [tra•mon•tane]

  • Dwelling beyond or coming from the far side of the mountains, especially the Alps as viewed from Italy. (adjective)
  • From another country; foreign. (adjective)
  • A person who lives beyond the mountains. (noun)
  • A foreigner; a stranger. (noun)
  • A cold north wind in Italy. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tramontane" in a sentence
  • "Parting from thence, they sailed away with a tramontane or northerly wind, passing by Meden, by Uti, by Uden, by Gelasim, by the Isles of the"
  • "Parting from thence, they sailed away with a tramontane or northerly wind, passing by Meden, by Uti, by Uden, by Gelasim, by the Isles of the Fairies, and alongst the kingdom of Achorie, till at last they arrived at the port of Utopia, distant from the city of the Amaurots three leagues and somewhat more."
  • "The story, therefore, of the ancient philosopher whose bald pate one of these unlucky birds mistook for a stone, and dropped a shell upon it, thereby killing at once both, is not so tramontane as to stumble all belief."