mistress

[mis┬Ětress]

A mistress is a female master she's the one in control. The wardrobe mistress is in charge of costumes for a theater. At some schools, the head of the school is called the headmaster or headmistress.

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A woman having power, authority, or ownership; a woman who exercises authority, is chief, etc.; the female head of a family, a school, etc.

Noun
a woman master who directs the work of others

Noun
an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man

Noun
a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)


n.
A woman having power, authority, or ownership; a woman who exercises authority, is chief, etc.; the female head of a family, a school, etc.

n.
A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it.

n.
A woman regarded with love and devotion; she who has command over one's heart; a beloved object; a sweetheart.

n.
A woman filling the place, but without the rights, of a wife; a concubine; a loose woman with whom one consorts habitually.

n.
A title of courtesy formerly prefixed to the name of a woman, married or unmarried, but now superseded by the contracted forms, Mrs., for a married, and Miss, for an unmarried, woman.

n.
A married woman; a wife.

n.
The old name of the jack at bowls.

v. i.
To wait upon a mistress; to be courting.


Mistress

Mis"tress , n. [OE. maistress, OF. maistresse, F. ma'8ctresse, LL. magistrissa, for L. magistra, fem. of magister. See Master, Mister, and cf. Miss a young woman.] 1. A woman having power, authority, or ownership; a woman who exercises authority, is chief, etc.; the female head of a family, a school, etc.
The late queen's gentlewoman! a knight's daughter! To be her mistress' mistress!
2. A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it.
A letter desires all young wives to make themselves mistresses of Wingate's Arithmetic.
3. A woman regarded with love and devotion; she who has command over one's heart; a beloved object; a sweetheart. [Poetic] Clarendon. 4. A woman filling the place, but without the rights, of a wife; a concubine; a loose woman with whom one consorts habitually. Spectator. 5. A title of courtesy formerly prefixed to the name of a woman, married or unmarried, but now superseded by the contracted forms, Mrs., for a married, and Miss, for an unmarried, woman.
Now Mistress Gilpin (careful soul).
6. A married woman; a wife. [Scot.]
Several of the neighboring mistresses had assembled to witness the event of this memorable evening.
7. The old name of the jack at bowls. Beau. & Fl. To be one's own mistress, to be exempt from control by another person.

Mistress

Mis"tress, v. i. To wait upon a mistress; to be courting. [Obs.] Donne.

A woman having power, authority, or ownership; a woman who exercises authority, is chief, etc.; the female head of a family, a school, etc.

To wait upon a mistress; to be courting.

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Usage Examples

No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful.

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.

It is the personality of the mistress that the home expresses. Men are forever guests in our homes, no matter how much happiness they may find there.

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Other Usage Examples

I would rather drudge out my life on a cotton plantation, till the grave opened to give me rest, than to live with an unprincipled master and a jealous mistress.

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.

Money differs from an automobile or mistress in being equally important to those who have it and those who do not.

I'm married to the theater but my mistress is the films.

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