a warm, dry wind blowing down into the valleys of a mountain, esp. in the Alps
Origin of foehnGerman dialect, dialectal föhn ; from Middle High German phönne ; from Old High German fonno ; from Late Latin an unverified form faunjo ; from Classical Latin Favonius, west wind: see favonian
A warm dry wind coming off the lee slopes of a mountain range, especially off the northern slopes of the Alps.
Origin of foehnGerman F&odie;hn, from Middle High German fœnne, from Old High German ph&omacron;no, from Vulgar Latin *fa&omacron;nius, from Latin fav&omacron;nius, the west wind, from fav&emacron;re, to be favorable.