Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French, from Provençal maestral, from Old Provençal, from Late Latin magistrālis, of a master, from Latin magister, master; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French mistral, from Occitan maestral, compare Catalan mestral, from Late Latin magistralis, from Latin magister.

Examples

  • 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

  • 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: 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

  • 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

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

    The 1999 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 2004 CIA World Factbook

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

    The 1996 CIA 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 2001 CIA World Factbook

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

    The 1995 CIA World Factbook

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

    The 1994 CIA World Factbook

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