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 (mĭs′trəl, mĭ-sträl′)
A dry cold northerly wind that blows in squalls toward the Mediterranean coast of southern France.

[French, from Provençal maestral, from Old Provençal, from Late Latin magistrālis, of a master, from Latin magister, master; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈmɪstrəl; mɪˈstrɑːl)
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


(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]


(miˈstræl, -ˈstrɑl)

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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mistral - a strong north wind that blows in France during the wintermistral - a strong north wind that blows in France during the winter
boreas, north wind, norther, northerly - a wind that blows from the north


[mɪˈstrɑːl] Nmistral m


nMistral m


[ˈmɪstrəl] n the mistralil mistral
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When not engaged in reading Virgil, Homer, or Mistral, in parks, restaurants, streets, and suchlike public places, he indited sonnets (in French) to the eyes, ears, chin, hair, and other visible perfections of a nymph called Therese, the daughter, honesty compels me to state, of a certain Madame Leonore who kept a small cafe for sailors in one of the narrowest streets of the old town.
I saw him, the sea gray under the mistral and foam-flecked, watching the vanishing coast of France, which he was destined never to see again; and I thought there was something gallant in his bearing and dauntless in his soul.
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El gesto de centrar el analisis en la prosa mas que en su obra poetica obedece a que es en este tipo de textos que es posible rastrear de modo preferente las estrategias en las que Mistral se construye como una intelectual moderna.
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