What does master mean?

Definitions for master
ˈmæs tər, ˈmɑ stərmas·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MASTERnoun

    Etymology: meester, Dutch; maistre, French; magister, Latin.

    But now I was the lord
    Of this fair mansion, master of my servants,
    Queen o’er myself; and even now, but now,
    This house, these servants, and this same myself
    Are yours my lord. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Take up thy master. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    My lord Bassanio gave his ring away
    Unto the judge that begg’d it;
    The boy, his clerk, begg’d mine;
    And neither man nor master would take aught
    But the two rings. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    If thou be made the master of a feast, be among them as one of the rest. Ecclus. xxxii. 1.

    My friend, my genius, come along,
    Thou master of the poet, and the song. Alexander Pope.

    An orator, who had undertaken to make a panegyrick on Alexander the Great, and who had employed the strongest figures of his rhetorick in the praise of Bucephalus, would do quite the contrary to that which was expected from him; because it would be believed, that he rather took the horse for his subject than the master. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Wisdom and virtue are the proper qualifications in the master of a house. Guardian, №. 165.

    There Cæsar, grac’d with both Minerva’s, shone,
    Cæsar, the world’s great master, and his own. Alexander Pope.

    The pride of royal blood, that checks my soul:
    You know, alas! I was not born to kneel,
    To sue for pity, and to own a master. Philips.

    Chief master-gunner am I of this town,
    Something I must do to procure me grace. William Shakespeare.

    As a wise master-builder I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. 1 Cor. iii. 10.

    The best sets are the heads got from the very tops of the root; the next are the runners, which spread from the master roots. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    When I have thus made myself master of a hundred thousand drachms, I shall naturally set myself on the foot of a prince, and will demand the grand vizier’s daughter in marriage. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 547.

    The duke of Savoy may make himself master of the French dominions on the other side of the Rhone. Addison.

    An unhappy master is he that is made cunning by many shipwrecks; a miserable merchant, that is neither rich nor wise, but after some bankrouts. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

    A sailor’s wife had chesnuts in her lap;
    Her husband’s to Aleppo gone, master o’ th’ Tyger. William Shakespeare.

    Let ev’ry man be master of his time
    Till seven at night. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Great, and increasing; but by sea
    He is an absolute master. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    Master doctor, you have brought those drugs. William Shakespeare.

    Stand by, my masters, bring him near the king. William Shakespeare.

    Masters play here, I will content your pains,
    Something that’s brief; and bid, good morrow, general. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    If gaming does an aged sire entice,
    Then my young master swiftly learns the vice. John Dryden.

    Master lay with his bedchamber towards the south sun; miss lodged in a garret, exposed to the north wind. Arbuth.

    Where there are little masters and misses in a house, they are great impediments to the diversions of the servants; the only remedy is to bribe them, that they may not tell tales. Jonathan Swift, Rules to Servants.

    Very few men are wise by their own counsel, or learned by their own teaching; for he that was only taught by himself had a fool to his master. Ben Jonson, Discovery.

    To the Jews join the Egyptians, the first masters of learning. Robert South, Sermons.

    Masters and teachers should not raise difficulties to their scholars; but smooth their way, and help them forwards. John Locke.

    The great mocking master mock’d not then,
    When he said, Truth was buried here below. Davies.

    Edmund Spenser and Fairfax, great masters of our language, saw much farther into the beauties of our numbers than those who followed. Dryden.

    A man must not only be able to judge of words and style, but he must be a master of them too; he must perfectly understand his author’s tongue, and absolutely command his own. Dryden.

    He that does not pretend to painting, is not touched at the commendation of a master in that profession. Collier.

    No care is taken to improve young men in their own language, that they may thoroughly understand, and be masters of it. John Locke, on Education.

  2. To Masterverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Ay, good faith,
    And rather father thee, than master thee. William Shakespeare.

    Thrice blessed they that master so their blood,
    To undergo such maiden pilgrimage. William Shakespeare.

    The princes of Germany did not think him sent to command the empire, who was neither able to rule his insolent subjects in England, nor master his rebellious people of Ireland. John Davies, on Ireland.

    Then comes some third party, that masters both plaintiff and defendant, and carries away the booty. Roger L'Estrange.

    Honour burns in me, not so fiercely bright,
    But pale as fires when master’d by the light. Dryden.

    Obstinacy and wilful neglects must be mastered, even though it cost blows. John Locke, on Education.

    A man can no more justly make use of another’s necessity, than he that has more strength can seize upon a weaker, master him to his obedience, and, with a dagger at his throat, offer him death or slavery. John Locke.

    The reformation of an habitual sinner is a work of time and patience; evil customs must be mastered and subdued by degrees. Edmund Calamy, Sermons.

    I do not take myself to be so perfect in the transactions and privileges of Bohemia, as to be fit to handle that part: and I will not offer at that I cannot master. Francis Bacon.



    MASTER (Mobile Astronomical System of Telescope-Robots) is a Russian network of automated telescopes in five Russian cities, and in South Africa, Argentina and the Canary Islands. It is intended to react quickly to reports of transient astronomical events. It started its development in 2002 and it is in fully autonomous operations since 2011.On 17 August 2017, an autonomous MASTER telescope in Argentina successfully recorded a collision of neutron stars some 130 million light-years away.


  1. Master

    A master is a person who has acquired a high level of skill, expertise, or knowledge in a particular field or activity. They are considered to be highly skilled, experienced, and proficient, often serving as a mentor or teacher to others who are learning or aspiring to develop similar skills. Masters are typically recognized and respected for their accomplishments and contributions in their chosen domain.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Master is ranked #11502 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Master surname appeared 2,735 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Master.

    73.1% or 2,001 total occurrences were White.
    16.9% or 464 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.6% or 126 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 74 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 59 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 11 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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

  2. armets

  3. mastre

  4. maters

  5. matres

  6. METARs

  7. remast

  8. stream

  9. tamers

  10. tremas

  11. martes

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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. Devon Broglie:

    ( iStock) MODERATE DRINKERS STILL AT HIGHER RISK FOR CANCER, EARLY DEATH, ALCOHOL STUDY CLAIMS This decision was reportedly at least partially inspired by a story recently shared by Tahiirah Habibi, the founder of Hue Society, which works to bring diversity to wine culture. Shediscussed her experience taking a two-day exam to become part of the Court of Master Sommeliers with the newspaper. Habibi said she was told to address the instructors as master, which made her uncomfortable due to the historical weight of the title. While she passed the first round, she did not return for the remainder. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP According to The New York Times, Devon Broglie, the chairman of the courts board of directors, said that The Court of Master Sommeliers was learning the ways in which our words might create an unwelcoming environment for our students and candidates. In this instance, it was hearing the story of Tahiirah Habibi that brought so clearly and deeply into focus how hurtful our words can be, however unintentional.

  2. Amit Ray:

    You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks.

  3. Charlie Parker:

    Master your instrument, master the music, and then forget all that crap and just play.

  4. Owner South Maritime Pte Ltd:

    At 0800 hrs GMT, a number of craft approached the Alpine Eternity firing warning shots and the master was ordered by VHF to stop, the master ignored the order and broke away from his passage and headed into UAE waters at the same time requesting assistance. At the point when the order was ignored and when the vessel changed course it was directly fired upon.

  5. Owner South Maritime Pte Ltd:

    At 0800 hrs GMT, a number of craft approached the Alpine Eternity firing warning shots and the master was ordered by VHF to stop, the master ignored the order and broke away from his passage and headed into UAE waters at the same time requesting assistance. At the point when the order was ignored and when the vessel changed course it was directly fired upon.

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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
  • ماسٹرUrdu
  • mwaisseWalloon
  • בעלYiddish
  • Chinese

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