G. mistral


[mee-stral for 1; mees-trahl for 2]
Frédéric [frey-dey-reek] , 1830–1914, French Provençal poet: Nobel prize 1904.
Gabriela [gah-vree-e-lah] , (Lucila Godoy Alcayaga) 1889–1957, Chilean poet and educator: Nobel Prize in literature 1945.
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mistral (ˈmɪstrəl, mɪˈstrɑːl)
1.  a strong cold dry wind that blows through the Rhône valley and S France to the Mediterranean coast, mainly in the winter
2.  the class of board used in international windsurfing competitions, weighing 15kg and measuring 372cm × 64cm
[C17: via French from Provençal, from Latin magistrālismagistral, as in magistrālis ventus master wind]

1.  Frédéric (frederik). 1830--1914, French Provençal poet, who led a movement to revive Provençal language and literature: shared the Nobel prize for literature 1904
2.  Gabriela (ɡaˈβrjela), pen name of Lucila Godoy de Alcayaga. 1889--1957, Chilean poet, educationalist, and diplomatist. Her poetry includes the collection Desolación (1922): Nobel prize for literature 1945

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Word Origin & History

"cold northerly wind on the Mediterranean coast of France," 1604, from Fr., from Prov. mistral, lit. "the dominant wind," from mistral (adj.) "dominant," from L. magistralis "dominant," from magister "master."
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