Definitions for Mistressˈmɪs trɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mis•tressˈmɪs trɪs(n.)

  1. a woman who has authority, esp. the female head of a household or the like.

  2. a woman employing servants or attendants.

  3. a female owner of an animal, or formerly, a slave.

  4. a woman who has a continuing sexual relationship with a usu. married man who provides her with financial support.

  5. a woman who has possession or control of something:

    mistress of a great fortune.

  6. a woman who is skilled in an occupation or art.

  7. (sometimes cap.) something regarded as feminine that has control or supremacy:

    England, mistress of the seas.

  8. (cap.) (formerly) a term of address corresponding to Mrs., Miss, or Ms.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. Brit. a female schoolteacher.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  10. Archaic. sweetheart.

Origin of mistress:

1275–1325; < MF, OF, =maistre (< L magister; see master ) +-esse -ess

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mistress, kept woman, fancy woman(noun)

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

  2. schoolmarm, schoolma'am, schoolmistress, mistress(noun)

    a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)

  3. mistress(noun)

    a woman master who directs the work of others


  1. mistress(Noun)

    a woman, specifically one with control, authority or ownership

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

  2. mistress(Noun)

    a female teacher

    games mistress

  3. mistress(Noun)

    a female partner in an extramarital relationship, generally including sexual relations.

  4. mistress(Noun)

    a dominatrix

  5. Mistress(Noun)

    Used as the title of a married woman before her name. Now used only in the abbreviated form Mrs.

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

  6. Origin: From and maistresse (French: maîtresse), feminine of maistre, master

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mistress(noun)

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

  2. Mistress(noun)

    a woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it

  3. Mistress(noun)

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

  4. Mistress(noun)

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

  5. Mistress(noun)

    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

  6. Mistress(noun)

    a married woman; a wife

  7. Mistress(noun)

    the old name of the jack at bowls

  8. Mistress(verb)

    to wait upon a mistress; to be courting


  1. Mistress

    A mistress is a long-term female lover and companion who is not married to her partner; the term is used especially when her partner is married. The relationship generally is stable and at least semi-permanent; however, the couple does not live together openly. Also the relationship is usually, but not always, secret. There is an implication that a mistress may be "kept"—i.e., that the lover is paying for some of the woman's living expenses. The word mistress was originally used as a neutral counterpart to mister or master.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. mistress

    1. A female who has rights, as distinguished from a married woman, who has duties. 2. One whose respect and love some married men may hold without the non-transferable license in the bottom of a trunk.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Mistress' in Nouns Frequency: #2584

Translations for Mistress

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a woman who is the lover of a man to whom she is not married.

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