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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

GCIDE

  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.

Wiktionary

  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.

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.]

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. Martin Luther:

    Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. Nina Turner:

    For far too long the African-American community has been the mistress of the Democratic Party. I'm gonna put that out there, i'm a proud Democrat. I am loyal, but I am not blindly loyal.

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