: a strong cold dry northerly wind of southern France

Examples of mistral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That is a sign of which way the mistral is blowing. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2022 The mistral might blow the teeth out of your mouth. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mistral was in 1604

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Cite this Entry

“Mistral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mistral. Accessed 17 May. 2024.

Biographical Definition

Mistral 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Mis·​tral mi-ˈsträl How to pronounce Mistral (audio)
Frédéric 1830–1914 Provençal poet


2 of 2

biographical name (2)

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

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