What does Mistress mean?

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ˈmɪs trɪsMistress

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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.

    Etymology: [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.

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

  2. mistress(Noun)

    a female teacher

    games mistress

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

  3. mistress(Noun)

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

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

  4. mistress(Noun)

    a dominatrix

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

  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.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Mistress(noun)

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

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

  3. Mistress(noun)

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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  6. Mistress(noun)

    a married woman; a wife

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

  7. Mistress(noun)

    the old name of the jack at bowls

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

  8. Mistress(verb)

    to wait upon a mistress; to be courting

    Etymology: [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

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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

Examples of Mistress in a Sentence

  1. Soren Kierkegaard:

    In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known -- no wonder, then, that I return the love.

  2. Charles Sumner:

    The senator from South Carolina has read many books of chivalry, and believes himself a chivalrous knight, with sentiments of honor and courage. Of course he has chosen a mistress to whom he has made his vows, i mean the harlot Slavery.

  3. 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.

  4. Paul Dergarabedian:

    But were still struggling to get ahead of last year. Were racing to the finish line here. Weve only got 11 weekends left to go. maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

  5. 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.

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