What does mastery mean?

Definitions for mastery
ˈmæs tə ri, ˈmɑ stə-mas·te·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word mastery.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. command, control, masterynoun

    great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

    "a good command of French"

  2. domination, mastery, supremacynoun

    power to dominate or defeat

    "mastery of the seas"

  3. mastery, subordinationnoun

    the act of mastering or subordinating someone


  1. masterynoun

    The position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority.

    If divided by mountains, they will fight for the mastery of the passages of the tops. uE000175444uE001 Sir Walter Raleigh.

  2. masterynoun

    Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence.

  3. masterynoun

    A masterly operation; a feat.

    I will do a maistrie ere I go. Chaucer.

  4. masterynoun

    The philosopher's stone.

  5. masterynoun

    The act or process of mastering; the state of having mastered; expertise.

  6. Etymology: From maistrie.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Masterynoun

    Etymology: maistrise, French, from master.

    If divided by mountains, they will fight for the mastery of the passages of the tops, and for the towns that stand upon the roots. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    If a man strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned except he strive lawfully. 2 Tim. ii. 5.

    This is the case of those that will try masteries with their superiors, and bite that which is too hard. Roger L'Estrange.

    Good men I suppose to live in a state of mortification, under a perpetual conflict with their bodily appetites, and struggling to get the mastery over them. Francis Atterbury.

    Chief mast’ry to dissect,
    With long and tedious havock, fabled knights,
    In battles feign’d. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    He could attain to a mastery in all languages, and sound the depths of all arts and sciences. John Tillotson, Serm.

    To give sufficient sweetness, a mastery in the language is require
    d: the poet must have a magazine of words, and have the art to manage his few vowels to the best advantage. Dry.

    The learning and mastery of a tongue being unpleasant in itself, should not be cumbered with any other difficulties. John Locke, on Education.


  1. mastery

    A skill is the learned ability to act with determined results with good execution often within a given amount of time, energy, or both. Skills can often be divided into domain-general and domain-specific skills. For example, in the domain of work, some general skills would include time management, teamwork and leadership, self-motivation and others, whereas domain-specific skills would be used only for a certain job. Skill usually requires certain environmental stimuli and situations to assess the level of skill being shown and used. A skill may be called an art when it represents a body of knowledge or branch of learning, as in the art of medicine or the art of war. Although the arts are also skills, there are many skills that form an art but have no connection to the fine arts. People need a broad range of skills to contribute to the modern economy. A joint ASTD and U.S. Department of Labor study showed that through technology, the workplace is changing, and identified 16 basic skills that employees must have to be able to change with it. Three broad categories of skills are suggested and these are technical, human, and conceptual. The first two can be substituted with hard and soft skills, respectively.


  1. mastery

    Mastery is the comprehensive knowledge or skill in a subject, technique or art, achieved through practice, study, or experience. It is the ability to apply one's knowledge and skills effectively, often being able to solve problems or overcome challenges within that particular area. Mastery generally implies a high level of understanding or proficiency, often to the point of being an expert or specialist. It may also often denote the ability to teach or lead others in the specific field.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Masterynoun

    the position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority

  2. Masterynoun

    superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence

  3. Masterynoun

    contest for superiority

  4. Masterynoun

    a masterly operation; a feat

  5. Masterynoun

    specifically, the philosopher's stone

  6. Masterynoun

    the act process of mastering; the state of having mastered

  7. Etymology: [OF. maistrie.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mastery

    Victory in war.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mastery in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mastery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mastery in a Sentence

  1. Michael J. Gelb:

    Over-seriousness is a warning sign for mediocrity and bureaucratic thinking. People who are seriously committed to mastery and high performance are secure enough to lighten up.

  2. Nancy Pelosi:

    Speaker Wright was a person of deep courage, brilliant eloquence, and complete mastery of the legislative process. Speaker Wright's strong, decisive leadership built an indelible legacy of progress, not only in his beloved state of Texas, but around the world. Wright championed prosperity for every working family, and helped lead the way to peace to Central America.

  3. Lewis Mumford:

    Modern Man is the victim of the very instruments he values most. Every gain in power, every mastery of natural forces, every scientific addition to knowledge, has proved potentially dangerous, because it has not been accompanied by equal gains in self-understanding and self-discipline.

  4. Prashant Agarwal:

    Any person can be a perfectionist but he may need to give proper time to attain mastery and during this time, he needs to carry utmost patience and composure. Because results are not just a click away, you need to put best of your efforts even if you fail and once you get fail, you need to start it all again, which needs a lot of strength and patience. Thus, patience would make you prepared for the upcoming outcomes. Make patience your asset, success would eventually become your treasure.

  5. Christen Kuikoua:

    Learn to train yourself away from addiction. The mind is not only a tool for achievement; it is also a tool for self-mastery and inner peace.

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