ul·​tra·​mon·​tane ˌəl-trə-ˈmän-ˌtān How to pronounce ultramontane (audio) -ˌmän-ˈtān How to pronounce ultramontane (audio)
: of or relating to countries or peoples beyond the mountains (such as the Alps)
: favoring greater or absolute supremacy of papal over national or diocesan authority in the Roman Catholic Church
ultramontane noun often capitalized
ultramontanism noun

Word History


Medieval Latin ultramontanus, from Latin ultra- + mont-, mons mountain — more at mount

First Known Use

circa 1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ultramontane was circa 1618

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Cite this Entry

“Ultramontane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultramontane. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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