[mis-truh l, mi-strahl]


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]


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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Examples from the Web for mistral

Contemporary Examples of mistral

Historical Examples of mistral

  • 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 the same whether it rains or shines, or whether the mistral blows or not.

    Rambles on the Riviera

    Francis Miltoun

  • It is a volley of pebbles that the Mistral carries with it as a torrent does.


    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

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

  • In Mistral's youth there can have been little change from the ways of centuries past.

    A Spring Walk in Provence

    Archibald Marshall

British Dictionary definitions for mistral



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



(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.)).

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