headmistress

[ hed-mis-tris ]
/ ˈhɛdˈmɪs trɪs /

noun

a woman in charge of a private school.

Origin of headmistress

First recorded in 1870–75; head + mistress

Related forms

head·mis·tress-ship, noun

Usage note

See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for headmistress

headmistress

/ (ˌhɛdˈmistrəs) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

headmistressship, noun
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