What does Mistress mean?

Definitions for Mistressˈmɪs trɪs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Mistress.

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

GCIDE

  1. Mistress(n.)

    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.

  2. Origin: [OE. maistress, OF. maistresse, F. matresse, LL. magistrissa, for L. magistra, fem. of magister. See Master, Mister, and cf. Miss a young woman.]

Wiktionary

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    a title of courtesy formerly prefixed to the name of a woman, married or unmarried, but now superseded by the contracted forms, Mrs., for a married, and Miss, for an unmarried, woman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

  9. Origin: [OE. maistress, OF. maistresse, F. matresse, LL. magistrissa, for L. magistra, fem. of magister. See Master, Mister, and cf. Miss a young woman.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mistress

    mis′tres, n. (fem. of Master) a woman having power or ownership: the female head of a family, school, &c.: a woman well skilled in anything: a woman loved and courted: a concubine: (fem. of Mister) a form of address once applied to any woman or girl, now given to a married woman (usually written Mrs and pronounced mis′ez): (Shak.) the small ball at bowls, now called the Jack, at which the players aim.—v.t. to play the mistress. [O. Fr. maistresse (Fr. maîtresse).]

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mistress in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mistress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Clarence Darrow:

    Liberty is the most jealous and exacting mistress that can beguile the soul and brain of man.

  2. Manisha Koirala:

    I refuse to be a doormat to any man. I will never allow anyone to push me around. I am my own mistress.

  3. Martin Luther:

    Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.

  4. Teresa Taylor:

    I truly loved and cared for him. I was 19.I didn’t even know the word mistress, i actually believed he would leave his wife for me but they never leave.

  5. William Hazlitt:

    We often choose a friend as we do a mistress -- for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.

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