What does Mistress mean?

Definitions for Mistress
ˈmɪs trɪsmis·tress

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mistress, kept woman, fancy womannoun

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

  2. schoolmarm, schoolma'am, schoolmistress, mistressnoun

    a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)

  3. mistressnoun

    a woman master who directs the work of others


  1. Mistressnoun

    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.


  1. mistressnoun

    a woman, specifically one with control, authority or ownership

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

  2. mistressnoun

    a female teacher

    games mistress

  3. mistressnoun

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

  4. mistressnoun

    a dominatrix

  5. Mistressnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mistressnoun

    Etymology: maistresse, maîtresse, French.

    Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out,
    Mumbling of wicked charms, conj’ring the moon
    To stand’s auspicious mistress. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Let us prepare
    Some welcome for the mistress of the house. William Shakespeare.

    Like the lily,
    That once was mistress of the field and flourish’d,
    I’ll hang my head and perish. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    He’ll make your Paris louvre shake for it,
    Were it the mistress court of mighty Europe. William Shakespeare.

    I will not charm my tongue; I’m bound to speak;
    My mistress here lies murther’d in her bed. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    The late queen’s gentlewoman! a knight’s daughter!
    To be her mistress’ mistress! the queen’s queen. William Shakespeare.

    Rome now is mistress of the whole world, sea and land, to either pole. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    Wonder not, sov’reign mistress! if perhaps
    Thou can’st, who art sole wonder; much less arm
    Thy looks, the heav’n of mildness, with disdain. John Milton.

    Those who assert the lunar orb presides
    O’er humid bodies, and the ocean guides;
    Whose waves obsequious ebb, or swelling run
    With the declining or encreasing moon;
    With reason seem her empire to maintain
    As mistress of the rivers and the main. Richard Blackmore.

    What a miserable spectacle, for a nation that had been mistress at sea so long! John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    There had she enjoyed herself while she was mistress of herself, and had no other thoughts but such as might arise out of quiet senses. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Ages to come, that shall your bounty hear,
    Will think you mistress of the Indies were;
    Though streighter bounds your fortune did confine,
    In your large heart was found a wealthy mine. Edmund Waller.

    A letter desires all young wives to make themselves mistresses of Wingate’s Arithmetick. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 92.

    Erect publick schools, provided with the best and ablest masters and mistresses. Jonathan Swift.

    They would not suffer the prince to confer with, or very rarely to see, his mistress, whom they pretended he should forthwith marry. Edward Hyde.

    Nice honour still engages to requite
    False mistresses and proud with slight for slight. George Granville.

    Look you, pale mistress,
    Do you perceive the ghastness of her eye? William Shakespeare.


  1. Mistress

    A mistress is a woman who is involved in a long-term extramarital relationship with a man who is usually married or committed to someone else. She typically receives material and emotional benefits from the relationship, but does not have the same social status as the man's spouse or partner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mistressnoun

    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. Mistressnoun

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

  3. Mistressnoun

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

  4. Mistressnoun

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

  5. Mistressnoun

    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. Mistressnoun

    a married woman; a wife

  7. Mistressnoun

    the old name of the jack at bowls

  8. Mistressverb

    to wait upon a mistress; to be courting

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


  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

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  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

Examples of Mistress in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. unknown:

    You will not find the warrior, the poet, the philosopher or the Christian by staring into his eyes as if he were your mistress: better fight beside him, read with him, argue with him, pray with him.

  3. Anne Marrin:

    Chris Covelli, a Lake County Sheriff’s Office detective, told FoxNews.com. On Sept. 1, 2015, Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz radioed in from a rural area of Fox Lake that Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz was getting out of Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz cruiser to check on three suspicious men, two white and one black. A short while later Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz was found shot to death, one bullet hitting Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz bulletproof vest, the other striking Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz below the vest, near Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz heart. Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz glasses and other belongings were found strewn around the swampy area, leading investigators to believe the officer engaged in some type of struggle. However, in a stunning twist, police discovered Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz carefully staged Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz suicide to look like murder. Investigators learned the corrupt cop apparently caved under the pressure of living a shocking double life for nearly two decades. It's unheard of in our profession that anyone would think to do something like that and it just shows the emotional state that he must have been in over all of this and knowing that we were getting closer to finding out what was really going on, said Fox Lake Administrator, Anne Marrin. According to investigators, Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the Fox Lake Explorer program, the' police academy for teens' Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz was hailed as a hero for managing for years. Police say Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz used the money for vacations, car repairs and even adult websites. It was also discovered Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz had extramarital affairs and arranged for Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz own mistress to marry Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz son in order to gain added military benefits. Perhaps the biggest bombshell was that Gliniewicz contacted a hit man to have Marrin murdered. It's crazy. I can't describe it any other way.

  4. Daily Mail reviewer Quentin Letts:

    Figures in black balaclavas assist in the humiliation. With mistress-of-stunts Katie Mitchell directing, we have, from the start, ambient noise, honking klaxons, cage doors clanking, fizzing strip-lights -- no cliche is spared.

  5. Charles Caleb Colton:

    Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.

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