[ maj-uh-struhl ]
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  1. Pharmacology. prescribed or prepared for a particular occasion, as a remedy.: Compare officinal (def. 1).

  2. Fortification. principal; main.

Origin of magistral

1565–75; <Latin magistrālis of a master, equivalent to magist(e)rmaster + -ālis-al1

Other words from magistral

  • mag·is·tral·i·ty, noun
  • mag·is·tral·ly, mag·is·trat·i·cal·ly [maj-uh-strat-ik-lee], /ˌmædʒ əˈstræt ɪk li/, adverb

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How to use magistral in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for magistral


/ (məˈdʒɪstrəl) /

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a master

  2. pharmacol obsolete made up according to a special prescription: Compare officinal

  1. fortifications determining the location of other fortifications: the magistral line

  1. a fortification in a determining position

Origin of magistral

C16: from Latin magistrālis concerning a master, from magister master

Derived forms of magistral

  • magistrality (ˌmædʒɪˈstrælɪtɪ), noun
  • magistratically (ˌmædʒɪˈstrætɪkəlɪ), adverb

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