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 This remote lump of black volcanic rock, relentlessly buffeted by warm, sirocco winds, is closer to Tunisia than Italy. Nicky Swallow, Travel + Leisure, "10 Secret Islands in Italy That Have All of the Beauty and None of the Tourists," 11 Nov. 2020 Not wishing to lose business, merchants say it’s just the warm, humid sirocco. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Set in a gathering epidemic, Britten’s ‘Death in Venice’ is newly timely," 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, "Young golfer makes his bid to play with the big boys," 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, "“Queen of the Desert”: Gertrude Bell biopic trudges ploddingly through melodrama," 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 29 Nov. 2020.

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