- a cold, dry, northerly wind common in southern France and neighboring regions.
Origin of mistral
- 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.
Related Words for mistralgust, air, gale, breeze, cyclone, blast, windstorm, tornado, hurricane, squall, wind, monsoon, blow, whisk, whiff, flutter, breath, flurry, draft, typhoon
Examples from the Web for mistral
Contemporary Examples of mistral
Lawmakers have tried to halt the French sale of the Mistral, an amphibious warship, to the Russian Navy.Germany Helped Prep Russia for War, U.S. Sources Say
April 22, 2014
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
It is a volley of pebbles that the Mistral carries with it as a torrent does.Wenderholme
Philip Gilbert Hamerton
I have thus had the opportunity of making the acquaintance of the Mistral.The Letters of a Post-Impressionist
Vincent Van Gogh
But Mistral's advanced years may excuse it, if excuse is needed.A Spring Walk in Provence
- 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
- (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
"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.)).