Definition of tramontana in English:

tramontana

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘In the earliest charts, north is indicated by a spearhead above the letter T (for tramontana).’
    • ‘Thus the tramontana blows most frequent in winter, but may occur from mid-September through April.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

tramontana

/ˌtramɒnˈtɑːnə/