What does Master mean?

Definitions for Master
ˈmæs tər, ˈmɑ stərMas·ter

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. maestro, masternoun

    an artist of consummate skill

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

  2. overlord, master, lordnoun

    a person who has general authority over others

  3. victor, master, superiornoun

    a combatant who is able to defeat rivals

  4. masternoun

    directs the work of others

  5. headmaster, schoolmaster, masternoun

    presiding officer of a school

  6. master, master copy, originalnoun

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

  7. master, captain, sea captain, skippernoun

    an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship

  8. masternoun

    someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution

  9. master, professionalnoun

    an authority qualified to teach apprentices

  10. passkey, passe-partout, master key, masteradjective

    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 hangverb

    be or become completely proficient or skilled in

    "She mastered Japanese in less than two years"

  13. overcome, get over, subdue, surmount, masterverb

    get on top of; deal with successfully

    "He overcame his shyness"

  14. dominate, masterverb

    have dominance or the power to defeat over

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

  15. master, controlverb

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

    "Do you control these data?"


  1. masternoun

    Someone who has control over something or someone.

  2. masternoun

    Owner of an animal or slave.

    A good master should take good care of his pets.

  3. masternoun

    The captain of a merchant ship; a master mariner.

  4. masternoun

    Someone who employs others.

  5. masternoun

    An expert at something.

    Mark Twain was a master of fiction.

  6. masternoun

    A tradesman who is qualified to teach apprentices.

  7. masternoun

    A skilled artist.

  8. masternoun

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

  9. masternoun

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

    She has a master in psychology.

  10. masterverb

    to be a master

  11. masterverb

    to control

  12. masterverb

    to learn to a high degree of proficiency

    It took her years to master the art of needlecraft.

  13. masternoun

    A person holding such a degree.

    He is a master of marine biology.

  14. masternoun

    The original of a document or of a recording.

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

  15. masternoun

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

  16. masternoun

    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. masteradjective


  18. masteradjective

    main, principal or predominant

  19. masteradjective

    highly skilled

  20. masteradjective


  21. Masternoun

    Prefix to a boy's name.

  22. Masternoun

    A religious teacher, often as an honorific title.

    A good master should take good care of his pets.

  23. Masternoun

    A master's degree.

  24. Masternoun

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

  25. Masternoun

    The owner of a slave, in some literature.

    Mark Twain was a master of fiction.

  26. Masternoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Masternoun

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

  2. Masternoun

    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. Masternoun

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

  4. Masternoun

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

  5. Masternoun

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

  6. Masternoun

    a young gentleman; a lad, or small boy

  7. Masternoun

    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. Masternoun

    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. Masterverb

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

  10. Masterverb

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

  11. Masterverb

    to own; to posses

  12. Masterverb

    to be skillful; to excel

  13. Etymology: [OE. maistre, maister, OF. maistre, mestre, F. matre, fr. L. magister, orig. a double comparative from the root of magnus great, akin to Gr. me`gas. Cf. Maestro, Magister, Magistrate, Magnitude, Major, Mister, Mistress, Mickle.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Master

    mas′tėr, n. one who commands: a lord or owner: a leader or ruler: a teacher: an employer: the commander of a merchant-ship: formerly the navigator or sailing-master of a ship-of-war: one eminently skilled in anything: the common title of address to a young gentleman, &c.: a title of dignity or office—a degree conferred by universities, as Master of Arts, &c., the title of the eldest son of a Scotch viscount or baron, the head of some corporations, as Balliol College, &c., of a lodge of freemasons, &c.: a husband.—adj. the chief, predominant: belonging to a master, chief, principal, as in Master-builder, &c.—v.t. to become master of: to overcome: to become skilful in: to execute with skill.—ns. Mas′ter-build′er, a chief builder, one who directs or employs others; Mas′terdom, power of control.—adj. Mas′terful, exercising the authority or power of a master: imperious: having the skill of a master.—adv. Mas′terfully, in a masterful or imperious manner.—ns. Mas′terfulness; Mas′ter-hand, the hand of a master: a person highly skilled; Mas′terhood; Mas′ter-joint, the most marked system of joints or divisional planes by which a rock is intersected; Mas′terkey, a key that opens many locks: a clue fitted to guide one out of many difficulties.—adj. Mas′terless, without a master or owner: ungoverned: unsubdued: beyond control.—n. Mas′terliness, quality of being masterly: masterly skill.—adj. Mas′terly, like a master: with the skill of a master: skilful: excellent: overbearing.—adv. with the skill of a master.—ns. Mas′ter-mar′iner, the captain of a merchant-vessel or fishing-vessel; Mas′ter-mā′son, a freemason who has attained the third degree; Mas′ter-mind; Mas′ter-pass′ion; Mas′terpiece, a piece of work worthy of a master: a work of superior skill: chief excellence; Mas′tership, the office of master: rule or dominion: superiority; Mas′terstroke, a stroke or performance worthy of a master: superior performance; Mas′ter-wheel, the wheel in a machine which imparts motion to other parts; Mas′ter-work, work worthy of a master: masterpiece; Mas′terwort, a perennial umbelliferous herb, native to northern Europe, its root reputed as a stomachic, sudorific, diuretic, &c.; Mas′tery, the power or authority of a master: dominion: victory: superiority: the attainment of superior power or skill.—Master of ceremonies, of the Rolls, &c. (see Ceremonies, Rolls, &c.); Master of the horse, the Roman Magister Equitum, an official appointed by the dictator to act next under himself: an equerry, esp. the exalted official bearing this name at the British court; Master of the Temple, the preacher of the Temple Church in London; Masters of the schools, at Oxford, the conductors of the first examination (Responsions) for the degree of B.A.—Masterly inactivity, the position or part of a neutral or a Fabian combatant, carried out with diplomatic skill, so as to preserve a predominant influence without risking anything.—Passed, or Past, master, one who has occupied the office of master, esp. among freemasons—hence any one known to possess ample knowledge of some subject; The little masters, a 16th-17th cent. group of followers of Dürer, notable for fine work on wood and copper; The old masters, a term applied collectively to the great painters about the time of the Renaissance, esp. the Italians.—Be master of one's self, to have one's passions or emotions under control. [O. Fr. maistre (Fr. maître)—L. magister, from root of magnus, great.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. master

    The epithet for the captain or commander of a merchant vessel. When England first became a maritime power, ships with sailors, and a master to navigate, were furnished by the Cinque Ports, &c., and the fighting part of the men was composed of soldiers sent on board, commanded by generals, &c. Among the early voyagers there was a distinction between master and maister, the latter being the office; as, "we spoke the Dragon, whereof Master Ivie was maister," in Welsh's Voyage to Benin, A.D. 1590. In most applications, master denotes chief; as master boat-builder, master caulker, master sail-maker, &c.

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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 for Master »

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Master in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Master in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Master in a Sentence

  1. Charlotte Brontë:

    But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master -- something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Rock is a great master of life. It teaches us this simple philosophy: Stay firm!

  3. John Calvin:

    Grant, Almighty God, since thou hast delivered to us a sure rule of worship, which cannot deceive us, and since thy Son became for us a perfect master of all wisdom and of solid piety, that we may obediently follow whatever he prescribes for us...”

  4. Robert Graves:

    Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them.

  5. Dave Evans:

    The master bedroom floods every time the rain gets very strong. I think our home is below sea level.

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Translations for Master

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  • سيد, أصُولِيّArabic
  • панBelarusian
  • собственик, майстор, стопанин, господар, капитан, оригинал, хазяинBulgarian
  • mestreCatalan, Valencian
  • mistr, pánCzech
  • Meister, meisternGerman
  • πλοίαρχος, αριστοτέχνης, κύριος, δάσκαλος, πρωτότυπο, μάστορας, κατέχω, αρχιτεχνίτης, καπετάνιος, αφεντικό, κυριαρχώ, αφέντης, κυβερνώ, κεντρικός, αυθεντικόςGreek
  • majstroEsperanto
  • patrón, señorito, capitán, maestro, maestre, maese, señor, amo, joven amo, máster, dominarSpanish
  • isandEstonian
  • اصلی, مَهتَر, ناخُدا, اُستاد, آقاپسَر, سَروَر, آقا, کارفَرما, سالار, ماهر, اصل, استادPersian
  • alkuperäisversio, työnantaja, isäntä, master-versio, mestari, master-kopio, hallita, kapteeni, nuoriherra, herra, pää-, alkuperäinen, -mestari, -taituriFinnish
  • maître, maîtriserFrench
  • ceannsaichScottish Gaelic
  • स्वामीHindi
  • mester, fő-Hungarian
  • padrone, mastro, maestro, comandante, boss, padroneggiare, padrona, capo, proprietario, titolare, capitano, masterItalian
  • לִשְׁלוֹטHebrew
  • マスターする, マスター, 主人, おぼっちゃまJapanese
  • 주인, 석사Korean
  • وه‌ستاKurdish
  • dominus, magister, dominulusLatin
  • MeeschterLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • saimnieks, saimnieceLatvian
  • владее, господар, управува, раководи, мајстор, стопан, газда, господари, господарски, мајсторскиMacedonian
  • controleren, meester, beheersenDutch
  • masterkopi, herre, mestre, mester, beherske, original, lede, styre, original-, mester-, hoved-Norwegian
  • panicz, pani, pan, kopia-matka, kapitan, mistrz, władcaPolish
  • senhorzinho, máster, dono, mestre, proprietário, capitão, amo, patrão, senhorPortuguese
  • stăpâni, stăpân, original, proprietar, excela, patron, jupân, conduce, controla, maestruRomanian
  • мастер, владелец, хозяин, повелитель, оригинал, ведущий, ведущее устройство, барич, господин, капитан, барчук, владыкаRussian
  • господарити, газда, господар, мајстор, gospodar, мајсторскиSerbo-Croatian
  • mojster, gospodarSlovene
  • husbonde, mästareSwedish
  • மாஸ்டர்Tamil
  • устодTajik
  • bossing, amo, maestro, compatron, kapitan, pantas-, capitan, guroTagalog
  • usta, işveren, komodor, üstad, kaptan, hoca, efendiTurkish
  • mwaisseWalloon
  • Chinese

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