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mis·tress

 (mĭs′trĭs)
n.
1. A woman who has a continuing sexual relationship with a man who is married to someone else.
2. A woman in a position of authority, control, or ownership, as the head of a household: "Thirteen years had seen her mistress of Kellynch Hall" (Jane Austen).
3.
a. A woman who owns or keeps an animal: a cat sitting in its mistress's lap.
b. A woman who owns a slave.
4. A woman with ultimate control over something: the mistress of her own mind.
5.
a. A nation or country that has supremacy over others: Great Britain, once the mistress of the seas.
b. Something personified as female that directs or reigns: "my mistress ... the open road" (Robert Louis Stevenson).
6. A woman who has mastered a skill or branch of learning: a mistress of the culinary art.
7. Mistress Used formerly as a courtesy title when speaking to or of a woman.
8. Chiefly British A woman schoolteacher.

[Middle English maistresse, from Old French, feminine of maistre, master, from Latin magister; see master.]

mistress

(ˈmɪstrɪs)
n
1. a woman who has a continuing extramarital sexual relationship with a man
2. a woman in a position of authority, ownership, or control, such as the head of a household
3. a woman or female personification having control over something specified: she was mistress of her own destiny.
4. (Education) chiefly Brit short for schoolmistress
5. an archaic or dialect word for sweetheart
[C14: from Old French; see master, -ess]

Mistress

(ˈmɪstrɪs)
n
an archaic or dialect title equivalent to Mrs

mis•tress

(ˈmɪs trɪs)

n.
1. a woman who has authority, esp. the female head of a household or the like.
2. a woman employing servants or attendants.
3. a female owner of an animal, or formerly, a slave.
4. a woman who has a continuing sexual relationship with a usu. married man who provides her with financial support.
5. a woman who has possession or control of something: mistress of a great fortune.
6. a woman who is skilled in an occupation or art.
7. (sometimes cap.) something regarded as feminine that has control or supremacy: England, mistress of the seas.
8. (cap.) (formerly) a term of address corresponding to Mrs., Miss, or Ms.
9. Brit. a female schoolteacher.
10. Archaic. sweetheart.
[1275–1325; < Middle French, Old French, =maistre (< Latin magister; see master) + -esse -ess]

mistress

  • doll - Evolved as a pet name for Dorothy, first meaning "mistress."
  • doxy - Can mean "mistress, sweetheart."
  • miss - A shortened form of mistress.
  • Mrs. - Originally, Mrs. was a shortened version of mistress, a word that used to mean "wife"; Mrs. cannot be written out.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mistress - an adulterous womanmistress - an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man
lover - a significant other to whom you are not related by marriage
concubine, courtesan, doxy, paramour - a woman who cohabits with an important man
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
2.mistress - a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)mistress - a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)
school teacher, schoolteacher - a teacher in a school below the college level
3.mistress - a woman master who directs the work of others
chatelaine - the mistress of a chateau or large country house
employer - a person or firm that employs workers

mistress

noun lover, girlfriend, concubine, kept woman, paramour, floozy (slang), fancy woman (slang), inamorata, doxy (archaic), fancy bit (slang), ladylove (rare) He has a wife and a mistress.
Translations
خَلِيلَةٌسَيِّدَه، رَبَّة المَنْزِلسَيِّدَه، صاحِبَهعَشيقَهمُعَلِّمَه
milenkapaníprofesorkaučitelkamajitelka
ejerelskerindefruelærermistress
rakastajatar
ljubavnica
szeretőtanárnőúrnõ
ástkona, hjákonahúsmóîir, frúkennslukona
女性の愛人
domina
meilužėmokytojašeimininkėvaldytoja
kundzemīļākāsaimnieceskolotāja
majiteľkamilenkaprofesorka
älskarinna
อนุภรรยา
metresbayan öğretmenduruma hâkim kadınhanımhayvan sahibi hanım
tình nhân

mistress

[ˈmɪstrɪs] N
1. [of household, servant] → señora f, ama f
to be one's own mistressser independiente
to be mistress of the situationser dueña de la situación
2. (= lover) → amante f, querida f, amasia f (Mex)
3. (Brit) (o.f.) (= teacher) (in primary school) → maestra f; (in secondary school) → profesora f
our English mistressnuestra profesora de inglés
4. (archaic) (= Mrs) → señora f de...

mistress

[ˈmɪstrɪs] n
(= lover) → maîtresse f
He's got a mistress → Il a une maîtresse.
(= teacher) → professeur f
our French mistress → notre professeur de français
[dog] → maîtresse f
[servant] → maîtresse f

mistress

n
(of house, horse, dog)Herrin f; she is now mistress of the situationsie ist jetzt Herr der Lage
(= lover)Geliebte f, → Mätresse f (old)
(= teacher)Lehrerin f
(old, = Mrs) → Frau f

mistress

[ˈmɪstrɪs] n
a. (of servant) → padrona
the mistress of the house → la padrona di casa
b. (lover) → amante f
c. (Brit) (Scol) (teacher) → insegnante f

mistress

(ˈmistris) noun
1. a woman who is the lover of a man to whom she is not married.
2. a female teacher. the games mistress.
3. a woman who commands, controls or owns. a dog and his mistress.
4. a female employer (of a servant). The servant stole her mistress's jewellery.

mistress

خَلِيلَةٌ milenka elskerinde Geliebte ερωμένη dueña rakastajatar maîtresse ljubavnica amante 女性の愛人 maîtresse elskerinne pani amante любовница älskarinna อนุภรรยา metres tình nhân 情妇
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Never mind, I'll get the dinner and be servant, you be mistress, keep your hands nice, see company, and give orders," said Jo, who knew still less than Meg, about culinary affairs.
There was a basic harmony between Antonia and her mistress.
Alice made no very powerful effort to control her merriment; and even the dark, thoughtful eye of Cora lighted with a humor that it would seem, the habit, rather than the nature, of its mistress repressed.
The mistress of the house, meanwhile, as is usual with persons of her stiff and unmalleable cast, stood mostly aside; willing to lend her aid, yet conscious that her natural inaptitude would be likely to impede the business in hand.
But I charge you, in this matter of old Mistress Prynne, give to your predecessor's memory the credit which will be rightfully due" And I said to the ghost of Mr.
But what was still more annoying, Brom took all Opportunities of turning him into ridicule in presence of his mistress, and had a scoundrel dog whom he taught to whine in the most ludicrous manner, and introduced as a rival of Ichabod's, to instruct her in psalmody.
The scene had a greatness that made it a different affair from my own scant home, and there immediately appeared at the door, with a little girl in her hand, a civil person who dropped me as decent a curtsy as if I had been the mistress or a distinguished visitor.
I am very handsome; I carry the young ladies on my back, and sometimes I take our mistress out in the low chair.
Eliza had been brought up by her mistress, from girlhood, as a petted and indulged favorite.
My new mistress proved to be all she appeared when I first met her at the door,--a woman of the kindest heart and finest feelings.
As mistress and maid the connection between us must come to an end.
Tell me on our way home, and there you shall be entrusted to Mistress Dale.