Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary


noun, si·roc·co \shə-ˈrä-(ˌ)kō, sə-\

Definition of sirocco

plural siroccos

  1. 1a :  a hot dust-laden wind from the Libyan deserts that blows on the northern Mediterranean coast chiefly in Italy, Malta, and Sicilyb :  a warm moist oppressive southeast wind in the same regions

  2. 2 :  a hot or warm wind of cyclonic origin from an arid or heated region

Variants of sirocco

also scirocco \shə-ˈrä-(ˌ)kō, sə-\

Origin of sirocco

Italian scirocco, sirocco, alteration of Old Italian scilocco, from Arabic dialect (Maghreb) šlōq southeast wind, alteration of Arabic shalūq, shulūq

First Known Use: 1617

Learn More about sirocco

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sirocco? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


tending to dismiss important matters

Get Word of the Day daily email!