Definition of MISTRESS
: a woman who has power, authority, or ownership: asa : the female head of a householdb : a woman who employs or supervises servantsc : a woman who is in charge of a school or other establishmentd : a woman of the Scottish nobility having a status comparable to that of a master
a chiefly British : a female teacher or tutorb : a woman who has achieved mastery in some field
: something personified as female that rules, directs, or dominates
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a : a woman other than his wife with whom a married man has a continuing sexual relationshipb archaic : sweetheart
a —used archaically as a title prefixed to the name of a married or unmarried womanb chiefly Southern & Midland : mrs. 1a
Examples of MISTRESS
- Servants were required to do the mistress’s bidding without question.
- The dog was always obedient to its master and mistress.
- the master and mistress of the house
- a married man who has a mistress
- His wife suspected that the woman she’d seen with him was his mistress.
Origin of MISTRESS
Middle English maistresse, from Anglo-French mestresse,feminine of mestre master — more at master
First Known Use: 14th century