Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Occurring annually. Used of the prevailing northerly summer winds of the Mediterranean.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Recurring every year; occurring at stated times of the year; periodical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Periodical; annual; -- applied to winds which annually blow from the north over the Mediterranean, esp. the eastern part, for an irregular period during July and August.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to a dry north wind which blows in the eastern Mediterranean.
  • noun A dry north wind which blows in the eastern Mediterranean.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin etēsius, from Greek etēsios, from etos, year; see wet- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin etesius ("annual"), from Ancient Greek ἐτήσιος (etēsios, "annual"), from ἔτος (etos, "year").

Examples

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  • etesian a periodic, seasonal word

    January 17, 2007

  • Etymology according to A.W.A.D.: "The word refers to the annual summer winds of the Mediterranean. It's derived from Latin etesius, from Greek etesios, from etos (year). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wet- (year) that is also the source of such words as veteran, veal (in the sense of yearling), and veterinary (relating to the beasts of burden, perhaps alluding to old cattle), inveterate, wether, and bellwether."

    January 8, 2009

  • To sail waters peloponnesian

    Attend to the winds of the season,

    And haste to adjust

    To Meltemi's gust

    And go with the flow that's etesian.

    January 2, 2017