Definitions for masterˈmæs tər, ˈmɑ stər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mas•terˈmæs tər, ˈmɑ stər(n.)

  1. a person with the ability or power to control:

    master of one's fate.

  2. an owner of a slave or animal.

  3. an employer, esp. of servants.

  4. the male head of a household.

  5. a person preeminent in a discipline, as an art or science:

    the great masters of modern art.

  6. an esteemed religious leader:

    a Zen master.

  7. Chiefly Brit. a male teacher.

    Category: British

  8. a worker qualified to teach apprentices.

  9. a bridge or chess player who has won or placed in a designated number of tournaments.

  10. a person who commands a merchant ship.

  11. a victor; conqueror.

  12. an officer of the court who assists a judge by taking testimony and making a report to the court.

  13. a person who has been awarded a master's degree.

    Category: Education

  14. a boy or young man (used chiefly as a term of address).

  15. an original document, drawing, manuscript, etc., from which copies are made.

    Category: Printing

  16. a tape or disk from which duplicates may be made.

    Category: Hi-Fi and Audio

  17. a device for controlling another device operating in a similar way.

    Category: Machinery

    Ref: Compare slave (def. 4). 1 6

  18. (adj.)being master; exercising mastery; dominant.

  19. chief; principal:

    a master list.

  20. controlling others of its type:

    master switch.

  21. being a master from which copies can be made:

    a master tape.

    Category: Radio and Television, Printing

  22. eminently skilled:

    master designer.

  23. (v.t.)to make oneself master of:

    to master a language.

  24. to conquer; overcome.

  25. to rule or direct as master.

  26. to produce a master tape, disk, or record of.

    Category: Hi-Fi and Audio

Origin of master:

bef. 900; ME maistre, maister, OE magister < L; akin to magnus great


Princeton's WordNet

  1. maestro, master(noun)

    an artist of consummate skill

    "a master of the violin"; "one of the old masters"

  2. overlord, master, lord(noun)

    a person who has general authority over others

  3. victor, master, superior(noun)

    a combatant who is able to defeat rivals

  4. master(noun)

    directs the work of others

  5. headmaster, schoolmaster, master(noun)

    presiding officer of a school

  6. master, master copy, original(noun)

    an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made

  7. master, captain, sea captain, skipper(noun)

    an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship

  8. master(noun)

    someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution

  9. master, professional(noun)

    an authority qualified to teach apprentices

  10. passkey, passe-partout, master key, master(adj)

    key that secures entrance everywhere

  11. chief(a), main(a), primary(a), principal(a), master(a)(verb)

    most important element

    "the chief aim of living"; "the main doors were of solid glass"; "the principal rivers of America"; "the principal example"; "policemen were primary targets"; "the master bedroom"; "a master switch"

  12. master, get the hang(verb)

    be or become completely proficient or skilled in

    "She mastered Japanese in less than two years"

  13. overcome, get over, subdue, surmount, master(verb)

    get on top of; deal with successfully

    "He overcame his shyness"

  14. dominate, master(verb)

    have dominance or the power to defeat over

    "Her pain completely mastered her"; "The methods can master the problems"

  15. master, control(verb)

    have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of

    "Do you control these data?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. master(noun)ˈmæs tər, ˈmɑ stər

    a man who leads or controls other people or animals

    When called the dogs runs to his master.

  2. masterˈmæs tər, ˈmɑ stər

    an expert or sb who is very skilled at sth

    a master builder; He's a master of persuasion.

  3. masterˈmæs tər, ˈmɑ stər

    an original of a document, photo, etc. used to make copies from

    the master copy

  4. master(verb)ˈmæs tər, ˈmɑ stər

    to become skilled at

    She finally mastered walking at the age of about 15 months.

  5. masterˈmæs tər, ˈmɑ stər

    to get control of, or overcome

    Will humans ever master their environment?


  1. master(Noun)

    Someone who has control over something or someone.

  2. master(Noun)

    Owner of an animal or slave.

    A good master should take good care of his pets.

  3. master(Noun)

    The captain of a merchant ship; a master mariner.

  4. master(Noun)

    Someone who employs others.

  5. master(Noun)

    An expert at something.

    Mark Twain was a master of fiction.

  6. master(Noun)

    A tradesman who is qualified to teach apprentices.

  7. master(Noun)

    A skilled artist.

  8. master(Noun)

    A courtesy title of a man or a boy; mister. See Master.

  9. master(Noun)

    A master's degree; a type of postgraduate degree, usually undertaken after a bachelor degree.

    She has a master in psychology.

  10. master(Verb)

    to be a master

  11. master(Verb)

    to control

  12. master(Verb)

    to learn to a high degree of proficiency

    It took her years to master the art of needlecraft.

  13. master(Noun)

    A person holding such a degree.

    He is a master of marine biology.

  14. master(Noun)

    The original of a document or of a recording.

    The band couldn't find the master, so they re-recorded their tracks.

  15. master(Noun)

    The primary wide shot of a scene, into which the closeups will be edited later.

  16. master(Noun)

    A parajudicial officer (such as a referee, an auditor, an examiner, or an assessor) specially appointed to help a court with its proceedings.

    The case was tried by a master, who concluded that the plaintiffs were the equitable owners of the property....

  17. master(Adjective)


  18. master(Adjective)

    main, principal or predominant

  19. master(Adjective)

    highly skilled

  20. master(Adjective)


  21. Master(Noun)

    Prefix to a boy's name.

  22. Master(Noun)

    A religious teacher, often as an honorific title.

    A good master should take good care of his pets.

  23. Master(Noun)

    A master's degree.

  24. Master(Noun)

    A person holding a master's degree, as a title.

  25. Master(Noun)

    The owner of a slave, in some literature.

    Mark Twain was a master of fiction.

  26. Master(Noun)

    One of the triune gods of the Horned God in Wicca alongside the Father and Sage and representing a boy

  27. Origin: mægester, from magister. Reinforced by maistre, mestre also from Latin magister.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Master(noun)

    a vessel having (so many) masts; -- used only in compounds; as, a two-master

  2. Master(noun)

    a male person having another living being so far subject to his will, that he can, in the main, control his or its actions; -- formerly used with much more extensive application than now. (a) The employer of a servant. (b) The owner of a slave. (c) The person to whom an apprentice is articled. (d) A sovereign, prince, or feudal noble; a chief, or one exercising similar authority. (e) The head of a household. (f) The male head of a school or college. (g) A male teacher. (h) The director of a number of persons performing a ceremony or sharing a feast. (i) The owner of a docile brute, -- especially a dog or horse. (j) The controller of a familiar spirit or other supernatural being

  3. Master(noun)

    one who uses, or controls at will, anything inanimate; as, to be master of one's time

  4. Master(noun)

    one who has attained great skill in the use or application of anything; as, a master of oratorical art

  5. Master(noun)

    a title given by courtesy, now commonly pronounced mister, except when given to boys; -- sometimes written Mister, but usually abbreviated to Mr

  6. Master(noun)

    a young gentleman; a lad, or small boy

  7. Master(noun)

    the commander of a merchant vessel; -- usually called captain. Also, a commissioned officer in the navy ranking next above ensign and below lieutenant; formerly, an officer on a man-of-war who had immediate charge, under the commander, of sailing the vessel

  8. Master(noun)

    a person holding an office of authority among the Freemasons, esp. the presiding officer; also, a person holding a similar office in other civic societies

  9. Master(verb)

    to become the master of; to subject to one's will, control, or authority; to conquer; to overpower; to subdue

  10. Master(verb)

    to gain the command of, so as to understand or apply; to become an adept in; as, to master a science

  11. Master(verb)

    to own; to posses

  12. Master(verb)

    to be skillful; to excel

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. master

    The commanding officer of a United States Naval Ship, a commercial ship, or a government-owned general agency agreement ship operated for the Military Sealift Command by a civilian company to transport Department of Defense cargo. Also called MA.


  1. The Master

    The Master is a recurring character in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and its associated spin-off works. The Master is a renegade alien Time Lord and the archenemy of the title character the Doctor. The Master has been played by multiple actors since the character's introduction in 1971. Within the show, this is varyingly explained as the Master taking possession of other characters' bodies, or as a consequence of regeneration, a biological attribute allowing Time Lords to survive fatal injuries. The role was originated by Roger Delgado. Delgado portrayed the Master from 1971 until his death in 1973. From 1976 until the show's cancellation in 1989, the Master was portrayed by a succession of actors: Peter Pratt, Geoffrey Beevers and Anthony Ainley. Gordon Tipple and Eric Roberts then took on the role for the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie. Since the show's revival in 2005, the Master has been portrayed by Derek Jacobi, John Simm and Michelle Gomez.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'master' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1677

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'master' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2163

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'master' in Nouns Frequency: #593

Anagrams of master

  1. armest, armets, mastre, maters, matres, METARs, remast, stream, tamers, tremas

Translations for master

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person or thing that commands or controls

I'm master in this house!

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