mis·​tral | \ ˈmi-strəl How to pronounce mistral (audio) , mi-ˈsträl How to pronounce mistral (audio) \

Definition of mistral

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a strong cold dry northerly wind of southern France


biographical name (1)
Mis·​tral | \ mi-ˈsträl How to pronounce Mistral (audio) , -ˈstral \

Definition of Mistral (Entry 2 of 3)

Frédéric 1830–1914 Provençal poet


biographical name (2)

Definition of Mistral (Entry 3 of 3)

Gabriela 1889–1957 originally Lucila Godoy Alcayaga Chilean poet and educator

Examples of mistral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the decades that followed, her staccato footfall was as integral to Arles as the sound of the mistral, the rattling Provençal wind. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Was Jeanne Calment the Oldest Person Who Ever Lived—or a Fraud?," 10 Feb. 2020 Stop 7: Rice, Rice, Baby France’s only rice region is ideal for growing the grain, thanks to freshwater from the Rhône River, lots of sunshine, and the reliable mistral wind. Kimberley Lovato, National Geographic, "Take a road trip through this wild, beautiful French delta," 28 Mar. 2019 Cobb was careful to capture these quieter manifestations of the mistral as well. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "In Mistral, Photographer Rachel Cobb Catches the Wind," 1 Nov. 2018 The backbreaking restoration work earns him sympathy, as does his first exposure to the slashing winds of the region’s infamous mistral. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "The Latest and Greatest in Crime Fiction," 29 Sep. 2017 MISTRAL 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia Mall, 610-768-1630; mistralkop.com Can serious cooking thrive at the mall? Craig Laban, Philly.com, "EXCELLENT," 4 June 2017 Russia also wants to license-build several more Mistrals in its own yards. David Axe, WIRED, "Russia Scopes Fancy Imports in Window-Shopping Weapons-Buying Spree," 28 Aug. 2009 MISTRAL160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia Mall, 610-768-1630; mistralkop.com Can serious cooking thrive at the mall? Craig Laban, Philly.com, "EXCELLENT," 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of mistral


1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mistral


French, from Occitan, from mistral masterful, from Late Latin magistralis of a teacher — more at magistral

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“Mistral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mistral. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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