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Etymology

From Middle English and Old French maistresse (French: maîtresse), feminine of maistre, master

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
mistress

Plural
es

mistress (es)
  1. a woman, specifically one with control, authority or ownership
    She was the mistress of the mansion, and owned the horses.
  2. a female teacher
    games mistress
  3. a woman who (dishonorably) displaces a wife in the affections of a man; a woman, other than his wife, with whom a married man has a continuing sexual relationship
  4. a dominatrix

Synonyms

  • (woman with control, authority or owernship): boss (applicable to either sex), head (applicable to either sex), leader (applicable to either sex)
  • (female teacher): schoolmarm
  • (woman who displaces a wife in the affections of a man): bit on the side (applicable to either sex), fancy woman

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Male equivalents:

  • (woman with control, authority or ownership): master
  • (female teacher): master
  • (woman who displaces a wife in the affections of a man): fancy man
  • (dominatrix): master

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