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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
References in classic literature ?
I'm real proud to see you here again, Mistress Blythe," said Captain Jim.
You love my mistress, then, very dearly, Monsieur Chevalier?
Our master and mistress came after we got in; and as soon as they did come we were told, downstairs, that company was expected from the country.
Nay, she had been treated with uncommon kindness, and her mistress had permitted Mr Partridge to give her those instructions which have been before commemorated.
As mistress and maid the connection between us must come to an end.
As to street noises, the rumbling of wheels in the lane merely rushed in at the gateway in going past, and rushed out again: making the listening Mistress Affery feel as if she were deaf, and recovered the sense of hearing by instantaneous flashes.
Previously to the occurrence of the scene at the “Bold Dragoon,” Elizabeth had been safely reconducted to the mansion-house, where she was left as its mistress, either to amuse or employ herself during the evening as best suited her own inclinations.
This was the first attack of the megrims that I remembered in my mistress since the time when she was a young girl.
We heard from time to time that our mistress was ill.
Eliza had been brought up by her mistress, from girlhood, as a petted and indulged favorite.
Her mistress (whom she had served for a quarter of a century and more) called her "Bony.
There had been no signs of it until I had unhappily stirred his memory of the dead mistress of Gleninch.