Definition of föhn in English:


(also foehn)


often the föhn
  • 1A hot southerly wind on the northern slopes of the Alps.

    • ‘As for the foehn of yesterday there was enough ascent to condense out the humidity content and to produce a very dry, warm Föhn-storm north of the Alps.’
    • ‘The Valais is sheltered by the alps and, like south east Switzerland, benefits particularly from the föhn.’
    1. 1.1Meteorology A warm dry southerly wind developing in the lee of any mountain range.
      • ‘Foehn events occurred with above-average frequency and high diversity.’
      • ‘In addition, foehn winds, warm dry winds coming off the lee slopes of a mountain range, heated the basin.’


Mid 19th century: from German, based on Latin ( ventus) Favonius ‘mild west wind’, Favonius being the Roman personification of the west or west wind.