from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A warm dry wind coming off the lee slopes of a mountain range, especially off the northern slopes of the Alps.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A warm dry wind blowing down the side of a mountain in northern and central Europe.
- n. A similar wind in any mountainous area.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A warm dry wind that often blows in the northern valleys of the Alps, due to the indraught of a storm center passing over Central Europe. The wind, heated by compression in its descent from the mountains, reaches the base, particularly in winter, dry and warm.
- n. Any similar wind, as the chinook, in other parts of the world.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A warm, dry wind which descends from the upper Alps into the valleys on the north side of the chain of the Alps, from Geneva to Salzburg.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a warm dry wind that blows down the northern slopes of the Alps
German Föhn, from Middle High German fœnne, from Old High German phōno, from Vulgar Latin *faōnius, from Latin favōnius, the west wind, from favēre, to be favorable.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
German Föhn, from Vulgar Latin *faōnius, from Latin Favōnius ("Favonius"), a Roman wind god. (Wiktionary)