si·​roc·​co | \ shə-ˈrä-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce sirocco (audio) , sə- \
variants: or less commonly
plural siroccos

Definition of sirocco

1a : a hot dust-laden wind from the Libyan deserts that blows on the northern Mediterranean coast chiefly in Italy, Malta, and Sicily
b : a warm moist oppressive southeast wind in the same regions
2 : a hot or warm wind of cyclonic origin from an arid or heated region

Examples of sirocco in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also in Sicily, every now and then, there is the threat of the sirocco, a hot wind that brings high temperatures. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 The sirocco, the warm wind that blows up from Libya, is coming. Stephanie Rafanelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Aug. 2021 The setting is Venice in the fall of 1966, the site of a real-life historic flood in which water levels rose over six feet — a consequence of high tides combined with three days of heavy rain and a sirocco wind that wouldn’t quit. Washington Post, 27 June 2021 Catania’s warmest month is August with an average maximum temperature of 89 degrees (32°C), thanks to the ‘sirocco’, a hot wind current from Africa that keeps Sicily unseasonably warm year-round. Peter Lane Taylor, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 This remote lump of black volcanic rock, relentlessly buffeted by warm, sirocco winds, is closer to Tunisia than Italy. Nicky Swallow, Travel + Leisure, 11 Nov. 2020 Not wishing to lose business, merchants say it’s just the warm, humid sirocco. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 15 Apr. 2020 Throw in a bizarre Hill Country sirocco that acted like an elemental Dikembe Mutombo, swatting away drives and steering putts astray. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Apr. 2018 Franco looks way too young compared with Kidman, for one thing, and his British accent comes and goes, like the sirocco. Michael O'sullivan, The Denver Post, 7 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of sirocco

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sirocco

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

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“Sirocco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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