mistral

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mistral a strong north wind that blows in France during the winter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mistral A violent and cold northwest wind experienced in the Mediterranean provinces of France, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mistral 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. The mistral derives its peculiar properties from the character of the country over which it blows; it extends from the mouth of the Ebro to the Gulf of Genoa, but is strongest and most frequent over Provence, and especially in the delta of the Rhone. Also written maestral.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mistral mis′träl a violent north-west wind which at certain seasons prevails on the south coast of France.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. Provençal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. mistral, lit. a master (wind)—L. magister, master.

Usage

In literature:

The mistral blew in the city.
"Lay Morals and Other Papers" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Marseilles is subject to sudden incursions of dry northerly winds, termed the MISTRAL.
"Heroes of the Telegraph" by J. Munro
The mistral howled in the sunshine, shaking the bare bushes quite furiously.
"The Arrow of Gold" by Joseph Conrad
This mistral is very favorable to us.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Truly, as Mistral says, Provence is a land of joy and, laughter, and fetes followed close on one another, it seemed.
"The Automobilist Abroad" by M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
The mistral blew bitterly.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Sudden anguish swept down upon Maria Angelina, like the cold mistral upon the southlands.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
Mistral, its causes, 246.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
The mistral blew in the city.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It came here in the form of a Mistral, and I said to myself, Damme, there is some Henley at the foot of this!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

But now a Monarch more mighty far
Than ever from Gallic or Teuton throne
Swooped from the Alps upon wings of war,
Comes welcome as April and west winds are,
When Winter is over and mistral flown.
"How Florence Rings Her Bells" by Alfred Austin

In news:

The supply vessel Bourbon Mistral is fitted with CLEANCUT ISO-pumps that enable finished slurry storage if the injection pump or injection well are unavailable.
Cargotec secures MacGregor RoRo equipment orders for two Mistral-class ships.
Two new Mistral-class ships will feature navy-standard MacGregor RoRo equipment from Cargotec.
Mistral Raymond OK sharing playing time with Jamarca Sanford.
Minnesota Vikings Mistral Raymond watches the replay of his fumble recovery and run for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in third quarter action at Soldier Field in Chicago, Sunday, November 25, 2012.
Mistral Raymond feeling better, but Jamarca Sanford 'likely' starter.
Minnesota Vikings safety Mistral Raymond is helped off the field after being injured during the Sept 23 game against the 49ers at the Metrodome.
Samba Grille & Le Mistral Win Big at Wine Event.
The essentials are there courtesy of chef Patrick Ponsaty and the new Mistral restaurant at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.
Five-Year-Old Foodie: Mistral Kitchen Brunch.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings safety Mistral Raymond has been carted off the field with a right ankle injury and will not return.
Mistral Raymond out for Vikings.
SEATTLE — Starting left guard James Carpenter and reserve defensive tackle Jason Jones are inactive for the Seattle Seahawks, while the Minnesota Vikings are without starting strong safety Mistral Raymond on Sunday.
It is his passion for creating and cooking that makes Le Mistral such a special place.
Five-Year-Old Foodie: Mistral Kitchen Brunch.
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