[ 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

Definition for mistral (2 of 2)

[ mee-stral for 1; mees-trahl for 2 ]
/ miˈstral for 1; misˈtrɑl for 2 /


Fré·dé·ric [frey-dey-reek] /freɪ deɪˈrik/, 1830–1914, French Provençal poet: Nobel prize 1904.
Ga·bri·e·la [gah-vree-e-lah] /ˌgɑ vriˈɛ lɑ/, Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, 1889–1957, Chilean poet and educator: Nobel Prize in literature 1945.
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British Dictionary definitions for mistral (1 of 2)

/ (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 for mistral

C17: via French from Provençal, from Latin magistrālis magistral, as in magistrālis ventus master wind

British Dictionary definitions for mistral (2 of 2)



(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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