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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.
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.
For us, this is a strategic partnership between the two companies which has been a part of Mistrals long term growth and expansion plans.
Moussa also said that the claims of Macierewicz are not true, adding that he cannot comment on such statements when Egypt is currently agreeing with Russia on military equipment for the Mistrals.
The Mistrals were made available in 2014 after French President FranAaAaAeAoois&nbsp;Hollan canceled a deal with Russia made by his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy in 2011.
Hollande went back on the order after coming under pressure from his Western allies not to deliver the Mistrals because of Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.
Russia has repeatedly stated that it would not sign off on this, since Mistrals had been custom tailored for the Russian Navy making this an issue of national security.
Sarkozy said at the time that he wanted two of the Mistrals to be built in France.
Russia would also like to build another three Mistrals itself under license, he added.
Egypt had acquired the two Mistrals back in June 2015 during Sobhi's first visit to Paris in a bid to strengthen bilateral cooperation between both countries.