tramontane

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tramontane on or coming from the other side of the mountains (from the speaker) "the transmontane section of the state","tramontane winds"
    • adj tramontane being or coming from another country "tramontane influences"
    • n tramontane a cold dry wind that blows south out of the mountains into Italy and the western Mediterranean
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tramontane Lying or being beyond the mountains; coming from the other side of the mountains; hence, foreign; barbarous.☞ The Italians sometimes use this epithet for ultramontane, and apply it to the countries north of the Alps, as France and Germany, and especially to their ecclesiastics, jurists, painters, etc.; and a north wind is called a tramontane wind. The French lawyers call certain Italian canonists tramontane, or ultramontane, doctors; considering them as favoring too much the court of Rome. See Ultramontane.
    • n Tramontane One living beyond the mountains; hence, a foreigner; a stranger.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tramontane Being or situated beyond the mountains—that is, the Alps: originally used by the Italians; hence, foreign; barbarous: then applied to the Italians as being beyond the mountains from Germany, France, etc. See ultramontane.
    • tramontane Coming from the other side of the mountains: as, tramontane wind.
    • n tramontane One who lives beyond the mountains; hence, a stranger; a barbarian. See I.
    • n tramontane The north wind. See tramontana.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tramontane tra-mon′tān lying beyond the mountains (originally the Alps), from Rome: foreign: uncivilised
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. tramontain, It. tramontano, L. transmontanus,; trans, across, beyond + mons, montis, mountain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. trans, beyond, mons, montis, a mountain.

Usage

In literature:

THE inhabitants of tramontane Virginia are very imperfectly acquainted with its history.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
He cast not a glance at the pretty faces of the young Englishwomen, with whose blue veils the tramontane played.
"Four Phases of Love" by Paul Heyse
I have forgotten whether it was the mistral or the tramontane, and I do not think it matters.
"The Car That Went Abroad" by Albert Bigelow Paine
We had no tramontane wind, no tea-parties, no morning concerts.
"Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. I (of II)" by Edmund Downey Charles James Lever
The blue sky became overcast, and a strong tramontane, as the north wind is there called, was blowing.
"Three Months Abroad" by Anna Vivanti
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In news:

Tom kept a journal on his journey to the tramontane region of the country.
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