Definitions for Mistressˈmɪs trɪs

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    a title of courtesy formerly prefixed to the name of a woman, married or unmarried, but now superseded by the contracted forms, Mrs., for a married, and Miss, for an unmarried, woman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

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

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. Ambrose Bierce:

    Marriage: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.

  4. William Wycherley:

    A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town, not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away.

  5. 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.


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