Mistress meaning

mĭs'trĭs
The definition of a mistress is a woman who has control or power over something or a woman having an affair with a married man.

An example of a mistress is a woman in charge of a school.

An example of a mistress is a woman living in an apartment paid for by a man to whom she's not married.

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A woman who has a continuing sexual relationship with a man who is married to someone else.
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A woman in a position of authority, control, or ownership, as the head of a household.
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A woman with ultimate control over something.

The mistress of her own mind.

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A woman who has mastered a skill or branch of learning.

A mistress of the culinary art.

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Used formerly as a courtesy title when speaking to or of a woman.
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A woman schoolteacher.
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A woman who rules others or has control, authority, or power over something.
  • A woman who is head of a household or institution.
  • A female schoolteacher.
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A woman very skilled and able in some work, profession, science, art, etc.
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Something personified as a woman that has control, power, etc.

England was mistress of the seas.

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A sweetheart.
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A title used in speaking to or of a woman and placed before the name.
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A woman, specifically one with great control, authority or ownership.

She was the mistress of the estate-mansion, and owned the horses.

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A female teacher.

Games mistress.

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A female partner in an extramarital relationship, generally including sexual relations.
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A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it.
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A woman regarded with love and devotion; a sweetheart.

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(Scotland) A married woman; a wife.
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(archaic) Used as the title of a married woman before her name. Now used only in the abbreviated form Mrs.
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Origin of mistress

  • Middle English maistresse from Old French feminine of maistre master from Latin magister master
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English and Old French maistresse (French: maîtresse), feminine of maistre (“master").
    From Wiktionary