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, 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?"

Wiktionary

  1. master(Noun)

    Someone who has control over something or someone.

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

  2. master(Noun)

    Owner of an animal or slave.

    A good master should take good care of his pets.

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

  3. master(Noun)

    The captain of a merchant ship; a master mariner.

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

  4. master(Noun)

    Someone who employs others.

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

  5. master(Noun)

    An expert at something.

    Mark Twain was a master of fiction.

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

  6. master(Noun)

    A tradesman who is qualified to teach apprentices.

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

  7. master(Noun)

    A skilled artist.

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

  8. master(Noun)

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

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

  9. master(Noun)

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

    She has a master in psychology.

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

  10. master(Verb)

    to be a master

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

  11. master(Verb)

    to control

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

  12. master(Verb)

    to learn to a high degree of proficiency

    It took her years to master the art of needlecraft.

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

  13. master(Noun)

    A person holding such a degree.

    He is a master of marine biology.

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

  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.

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

  15. master(Noun)

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

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

  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....

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

  17. master(Adjective)

    masterful

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

  18. master(Adjective)

    main, principal or predominant

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

  19. master(Adjective)

    highly skilled

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

  20. master(Adjective)

    original

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

  21. Master(Noun)

    Prefix to a boy's name.

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

  22. Master(Noun)

    A religious teacher, often as an honorific title.

    A good master should take good care of his pets.

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

  23. Master(Noun)

    A master's degree.

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

  24. Master(Noun)

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

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

  25. Master(Noun)

    The owner of a slave, in some literature.

    Mark Twain was a master of fiction.

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

  26. Master(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  3. Master(noun)

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

    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.]

  4. Master(noun)

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  6. Master(noun)

    a young gentleman; a lad, or small boy

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  9. Master(verb)

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

    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.]

  10. Master(verb)

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

    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.]

  11. Master(verb)

    to own; to posses

    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.]

  12. Master(verb)

    to be skillful; to excel

    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 ina

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

How to pronounce master?

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How to say master in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    No writer can be the 'Master of the Words' without loving them! Loving is the way for Mastering! No Love, no Master!

  3. Sallust:

    Few men desire liberty: The majority are satisfied with a just master.

  4. Robert Browning:

    Why comes temptation, but for man to meet and master and crouch beneath his foot, and so be pedestaled in triumph

  5. Kevin Walsh:

    Get ready for a steep learning curve, it's not something you master quickly so bear with it.

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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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