[ hed-mis-tris ]
/ ˈhɛdˈmɪs trɪs /


a woman in charge of a private school.


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Origin of headmistress

First recorded in 1870–75; head + mistress

usage note for headmistress

See -ess.

OTHER WORDS FROM headmistress

head·mis·tress-ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for headmistress

/ (ˌhɛdˈmistrəs) /


a female principal of a schoolGender-neutral form: head teacher

Derived forms of headmistress

headmistressship, noun
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