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[aw-struh l]
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  1. southern.
  2. (initial capital letter) Australian.
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Origin of austral1

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin austrālis southern, equivalent to Aust(e)r Auster + -ālis -al1


noun, plural aus·tra·les [ous-trah-les] /aʊsˈtrɑ lɛs/.
  1. a monetary unit of Argentina, equal to 100 centavos: replaced the peso in 1985.
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Origin of austral2

From Spanish; see origin at austral1



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Historical Examples

  • Other species are exclusively tropical or austral in their range.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 5


  • Whilst that in the other hemisphere he calls south, austral or antarctic.

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    Brother Potamian

  • Certainly he was not on board the Austral, as I took my passage in her to Adelaide.

  • I reckon that we are not more than two hundred and fifty miles from the Austral Group.

  • Joseph Hall's new world is also figured as an Austral Continent.

British Dictionary definitions for austral


  1. of or coming from the southaustral winds
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin austrālis, from auster the south wind


noun plural -trales (-trɑːlɛs)
  1. a former monetary unit of Argentina equal to 100 centavos, replaced by the peso
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Word Origin

from Spanish; see austral 1


abbreviation for
  1. Australasia
  2. Australia(n)
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Word Origin and History for austral


1540s, from Latin australis, from auster (see auster).

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austral in Science


  1. Relating to the south or to southern regions of the globe.
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