• enPR: mĭsʹtrĭs, IPA: /ˈmɪstɹɪs/

mistress (plural mistresses)

  1. A woman, specifically one with great control, authority or ownership
    Synonyms: boss, head, leader
    (male equivalent) master
    She was the mistress of the estate-mansion, and owned the horses.
  2. A female teacher
    Synonyms: schoolmarm
    (male equivalent) master
    games mistress
  3. The other woman in an extramarital relationship, generally including sexual relations
    Synonyms: bit on the side, fancy woman, comaré, goomah, Thesaurus:mistress
    Antonyms: cicisbeo, fancy man
  4. A dominatrix
    (male equivalent) master
    • 2006, Amelia May Kingston, The Triumph of Hope (page 376)
      As part of BDSM play they can enhance the domineering tread of a mistress or hobble the steps of a slave.
  5. A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it
    • A letter desires all young wives to make themselves mistresses of Wingate's Arithmetic.
  6. a woman regarded with love and devotion; a sweetheart
  7. (Scotland) A married woman; a wife
    • 1815 February 23, [Walter Scott], Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], OCLC 742335644 ↗:
  8. (obsolete) The jack in the game of bowls
  9. A female companion to a master a man with control, authority or ownership
  10. feminine equivalent of master#English|master
  11. feminine equivalent of mister#English|mister
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mistress (mistresses, present participle mistressing; past and past participle mistressed)

  1. (transitive, rare) Of a woman: to master; to learn or develop to a high degree of proficiency.
  2. (intransitive) To act or take the role of a mistress.


mistress (plural mistresses)

  1. (archaic) Used as the title of a married woman before her name. Now used only in the abbreviated form Mrs.
    • 1855 December – 1857 June, Charles Dickens, “The Dreams of Mrs. Flintwinch Thicken”, in Little Dorrit, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1857, OCLC 83401042 ↗, book the second (Riches), page 408 ↗:
      The sound of Mistress Affery cautiously chaining the door before she opened it, caused them both to look that way.

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