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That is or relates to this (i.e. the nearer) side of the mountains (usually specifically the Alps); = "cismontane". Opposed to ultramontane.
An inhabitant or native of an area or country on this (i.e. the nearer) side of the mountains, specifically the Alps. Opposed to ultramontane.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Fynes Moryson (?1566–1630), traveller and writer. From post-classical Latin citramontanus from classical Latin citrā- + montānus.
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