Definition of pampero in US English:


nounPlural pamperos

  • A strong, cold southwesterly wind in South America, blowing from the Andes across the pampas toward the Atlantic.

    • ‘The Pampero is usually accompanied by very humid and close conditions, severe rain, hail and thunderstorms and is followed by a cold, dry, gusty, southerly or south-westerly wind.’
    • ‘A pampero event marks the passage of a cold front and often brings a considerable drop in temperature.’


Late 18th century: from Spanish pampas ‘plain’.