Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dry cold northerly wind that blows in squalls toward the Mediterranean coast of southern France.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strong cold north-west wind in southern France and the Mediterranean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A violent and cold northwest wind experienced in the Mediterranean provinces of France, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In southern France and vicinity, a cold and dry northwest wind which blows in furious gusts from time to time in much of that region, notably in winter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a strong north wind that blows in France during the winter

Etymologies

French, from Provençal maestral, from Old Provençal, from Late Latin magistrālis, of a master, from Latin magister, master.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French mistral, from Occitan maestral, compare Catalan mestral, from Late Latin magistralis, from Latin magister. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Francemetropolitan France: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

    Climate

  • Climate: metropolitan France: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

    France

  • Note: largest West European nation; occasional warm tropical wind known as mistral

    The 1995 CIA World Factbook

  • Geographic note: largest West European nation; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

    The 1996 CIA Factbook

  • France: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

    The 2001 CIA World Factbook

  • France generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

    The 2004 CIA World Factbook

  • Climate: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

    The 2004 CIA World Factbook

  • Geography -- note: largest West European nation; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

    The 1999 CIA Factbook

  • Geography - note: largest West European nation; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

    The 2000 CIA World Factbook

  • The mistral is the better known, and it blasts down the Rhone valley for about 3 days at a time.

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