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 (ŭl′trə-mŏn′tān′, -mŏn-tān′)
1. Of or relating to peoples or regions lying beyond the mountains, especially the Alps.
2. Roman Catholic Church
a. Supporting the authority of the papal court over national or diocesan authority.
b. Relating to or supporting the doctrine of papal supremacy.
1. One who lives beyond the mountains, especially south of the Alps.
2. often Ultramontane Roman Catholic Church One who advocates support of papal policy in ecclesiastical and political matters.

[Medieval Latin ultrāmontānus : Latin ultrā-, ultra- + Latin montānus, of mountains (from mōns, mont-, mountain; see men- in Indo-European roots).]


1. (Physical Geography) on the other side of the mountains, esp the Alps, from the speaker or writer. Compare cismontane
2. (Roman Catholic Church) of or relating to a movement in the Roman Catholic Church which favours the centralized authority and influence of the pope as opposed to local independence. Compare cisalpine2
3. (Peoples) a resident or native from beyond the mountains, esp the Alps
4. (Roman Catholic Church) a member of the ultramontane party of the Roman Catholic Church


(ˌʌl trə mɒnˈteɪn, -ˈmɒn teɪn)

1. beyond the mountains.
2. of or pertaining to the area south of the Alps, esp. to Italy.
3. pertaining to or advocating ultramontanism.
4. a person who lives beyond the mountains.
5. a person living south of the Alps.
6. a believer in ultramontanism.
[1585–95; < Medieval Latin]


- Means "beyond the mountains."
See also related terms for mountains.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ultramontane - a Roman Catholic who advocates ultramontanism (supreme papal authority in matters of faith and discipline)ultramontane - a Roman Catholic who advocates ultramontanism (supreme papal authority in matters of faith and discipline)
Roman Catholic - a member of the Roman Catholic Church
Adj.1.ultramontane - of or relating to ultramontanism
2.ultramontane - on or relating to or characteristic of the region or peoples beyond the Alps from Italy (or north of the Alps)ultramontane - on or relating to or characteristic of the region or peoples beyond the Alps from Italy (or north of the Alps); "ancient transalpine Gaul was an area northwest of the Alps and included modern France and Belgium"; "Cracow was a transalpine university"
tramontane, transmontane - on or coming from the other side of the mountains (from the speaker); "the transmontane section of the state"; "tramontane winds"
3.ultramontane - on the Italian or Roman side of the Alpsultramontane - on the Italian or Roman side of the Alps; "ancient cisalpine Gaul included an area south and east of the Alps"
cismontane - on this (the speaker's) side of the mountains; "a contest in Virginia between a cismontane and a tramontane people"
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In the recent work of the order," he thundered, "the popish world is reconstructed, kings and counsellors disappear before the one infallible man, and over the globe this ultramontane growth is one of the most significant facts of the century.