Meaning of tramontana in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtramɒnˈtɑːnə/


  • A cold north wind blowing in Italy or the adjoining regions of the Adriatic and Mediterranean.

    ‘The tramontana winds around the Pyrenees could easily blow the light aircraft off course, especially during the scattered storms last Friday.’
    • ‘Thus the tramontana blows most frequent in winter, but may occur from mid-September through April.’
    • ‘In the earliest charts, north is indicated by a spearhead above the letter T (for tramontana).’


Italian, ‘north wind, Pole Star’ (see tramontane).