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A dry cold northerly wind that blows in squalls toward the Mediterranean coast of southern France.
1. (Physical Geography) a strong cold dry wind that blows through the Rhône valley and S France to the Mediterranean coast, mainly in the winter
2. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) the class of board used in international windsurfing competitions, weighing 15kg and measuring 372cm × 64cm
[C17: via French from Provençal, from Latin magistrālis magistral, as in magistrālis ventus master wind]
1. (Biography) Frédéric (frederik). 1830–1914, French Provençal poet, who led a movement to revive Provençal language and literature: shared the Nobel prize for literature 1904
2. (Biography) 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
mis•tral(ˈmɪs trəl, mɪˈstrɑl)
a cold, dry, northerly wind of southern France and neighboring regions.
[1595–1605; < Middle French < Occitan; Old Provençal maistral < Latin magistrālis magistral]
1. Frédéric, 1830–1914, Provençal poet: Nobel prize 1904.
2. Gabriela (Lucila Godoy Alcayaga), 1889–1957, Chilean poet: Nobel prize 1945.
a cold, dry wind that blows from the north in the south of France and vicinity.See also: Wind