3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mistress \Mis"tress\, noun [OE. maistress, OF. maistresse, F. ma[^i]tresse, 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! --Shak.

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. --Addison.

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 woman having an ongoing usually exclusive sexual relationship with a man, who may provide her with financial support in return; a concubine; a loose woman with whom one consorts habitually; as, both his wife and his mistress attended his funeral. --Spectator. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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 A title of courtesy formerly prefixed to the name of a woman, married or unmarried, but now superseded by the contracted forms, Mrs., for a married, and Miss, for an unmarried, woman.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

6. A married woman; a wife. [Scot.]

Several of the neighboring mistresses had assembled to witness the event of this memorable evening. --Sir W. Scott.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mistress \Mis"tress\, verb (used without an object) To wait upon a mistress; to be courting. [Obs.] --Donne.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man [syn: {mistress}, {kept woman}, {fancy woman}]

2: a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict) [syn: {schoolmarm}, {schoolma'am}, {schoolmistress}, {mistress}]

3: a woman master who directs the work of others

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