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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
Suddenly he felt the fresh and sharp night air, and Dantes knew that the mistral was blowing.
Companies of masks with linked arms and whooping like red Indians swept the streets in crazy rushes while gusts of cold mistral swayed the gas lights as far as the eye could reach.
O artigo de Gabriela Mistral se refere aos trabalhos da pintora chilena Ines Puyo, a quem Mistral elogia pela presenca de criollidad em sua obra.
This transaction is Country Pure Foods' second acquisition since it was bought by Mistral in 2010 and underscores the private equity firm's goal to expand the company through acquisitions and product innovation.
In connection with the investment, Jeffrey Ginsberg, managing director and operating partner at Mistral, will become the chief executive officer of Spot.
Para Mistral, los libros de lectura indiferenciados marchaban contra el "espiritu de familia" que queria cultivar.
Le premier ouvrage, en langue arabe, du chercheur marocain Driss Ouldelhaj, intitule "Gabriela Mistral, Hayat Fi bidayat Al Ys" (Gabriela Mistral, Vie au seuil de la desolation), traite d'une experience litteraire unique en son genre en Amerique-latine, celle du monde poetique de Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957), Prix Nobel de litterature 1945.
De acuerdo a Rojo, este tema es central ya que, entre otras cosas, permite dividir el trabajo critico sobre Mistral en dos: una critica vieja basada en un "mito biografico-hermeneutico", y una nueva critica iniciada en los anos 80 que basa su analisis en las "agramaticalidades del mito mistraliano".
Ahora, sin embargo, es un feliz acontecimiento editorial lo que lleva a recordar a Palma Guillen: la publicacion de casi 200 cartas del medio millar que envio a la poeta chilena Gabriela Mistral en el curso de poco mas de 14 anos, desde agosto de 1942 hasta enero de 1957.
Das arvores e da tela: a amizade viril atraves de Alberto Nin Frias e Gabriela Mistral