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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.]
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(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
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(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.
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a cold, dry wind that blows from the north in the south of France and vicinity.
See also: Wind
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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
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[mɪˈstrɑːl] Nmistral m
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nMistral m
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[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.
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.
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 has promised that the Mistrals would be delivered without any military equipment, a constraint Russia has criticized.
Russia would also like to build another three Mistrals itself under license, he added.
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.
Russian aircraft makers (http://tass.ru/en/defense/834857) will not begin building helicopters for Egypt's recently purchased Mistral aircraft carriers until Russia's equipment is dismantled from the ships, the head of Rostec, a Russian state-owned corporation that builds military equipment, said Monday.AaAaAeAeAaAeAeA The pair of Mistrals sold to Egypt by Fr wereAaAaAeAeAaAeAeA initially intended for Russia and needed to have their equip disassembled prior to any deals, RussianAaAaAeAeAaAeAeA state-owned news agency reported.