Definition of mistral in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪstr(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /mɪˈstrɑːl/


A strong cold north-westerly wind that blows through the Rhône valley and southern France towards the Mediterranean, mainly in winter.
Example sentences
  • Spring and summer can bring the hot, dusty sirocco wind from the Sahara to Malta, Italy and Greece, while France sometimes gets the strong mistral, and the ghibli blows across from north-west Africa towards Spain.
  • Below me, vineyards, olive groves, and fields of lavender shudder in the mistral, the north wind that blows relentlessly for spells of three, six, or nine days, then evaporates.
  • The mistral of the southern Rhône is one of the more notorious examples of this.


Early 17th century: French, from Provençal, from Latin magistralis (ventus), literally 'master wind'.

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