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[mis-truh l, mi-strahl] /ˈmɪs trəl, mɪˈstrɑl/
a cold, dry, northerly wind common in southern France and neighboring regions.
Origin of mistral
1595-1605; < Middle French < Provençal; Old Provençal maistral < Latin magistrālis magistral


[mee-stral for 1; mees-trahl for 2] /miˈstral for 1; misˈtrɑl for 2/
[frey-dey-reek] /freɪ deɪˈrik/ (Show IPA),
1830–1914, French Provençal poet: Nobel prize 1904.
[gah-vree-e-lah] /ˌgɑ vriˈɛ lɑ/ (Show IPA),
(Lucila Godoy Alcayaga) 1889–1957, Chilean poet and educator: Nobel Prize in literature 1945. Unabridged
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  • Goethe's poem and mistral's have several points of likeness.

    Frdric Mistral Charles Alfred Downer
  • The mistral was blowing so that the windows of the car had to be kept closed.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • It is precisely similar in character to the mistral which prevails in Provence and along the French Mediterranean littoral.

  • I have thus had the opportunity of making the acquaintance of the mistral.

  • Two years later I visited the south of France again, and had the pleasure of seeing mistral in his own home.

    Frdric Mistral Charles Alfred Downer
  • But mistral's advanced years may excuse it, if excuse is needed.

    A Spring Walk in Provence Archibald Marshall
  • mistral spent seven years in elaborating his second epic, as he did in writing his first.

    Frdric Mistral Charles Alfred Downer
  • mistral devoted his to the attempt to perpetuate an old language, Provenal.

    Major Prophets of To-Day Edwin E. Slosson
  • This often becomes an abstract feminine noun, answering to the French termination -ée; armée in mistral's language isPg 56 armado.

    Frdric Mistral Charles Alfred Downer
British Dictionary definitions for mistral


/ˈmɪstrəl; mɪˈstrɑːl/
a strong cold dry wind that blows through the Rhône valley and S France to the Mediterranean coast, mainly in the winter
the class of board used in international windsurfing competitions, weighing 15kg and measuring 372cm × 64cm
Word Origin
C17: via French from Provençal, from Latin magistrālismagistral, as in magistrālis ventus master wind


(French) (mistral). Frédéric (frederik). 1830–1914, French Provençal poet, who led a movement to revive Provençal language and literature: shared the Nobel prize for literature 1904
(Spanish) (misˈtral). 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 and History for mistral

"cold northerly wind on the Mediterranean coast of France," c.1600, from French, from Provençal mistral, literally "the dominant wind," from mistral (adj.) "dominant," from Latin magistralis "dominant," from magister "master" (see master (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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