[ mas-ter, mah-ster ]
/ ˈmæs tər, ˈmɑ stər /



verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. mastadenovirus,
  2. mastalgia,
  3. mastatrophy,
  4. mastax,
  5. mastectomy,
  6. master aircrew,
  7. master alloy,
  8. master bath,
  9. master bedroom,
  10. master builder

Origin of master

before 900; Middle English maistre, maister, Old English magister < Latin; akin to magnus great

Related forms

master's degree


a degree awarded by a graduate school or department, usually to a person who has completed at least one year of graduate study.
Also called mas·ter's. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for master


/ (ˈmɑːstə) /


verb (tr)

Derived Formsmasterdom, nounmasterhood, nounmasterless, adjectivemastership, noun

Word Origin for master

Old English magister teacher, from Latin; related to Latin magis more, to a greater extent


/ (ˈmɑːstə) /


a title of address placed before the first name or surname of a boy
a respectful term of address, esp as used by disciples when addressing or referring to a religious teacher
an archaic equivalent of Mr
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Word Origin and History for master
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with master


see past master.

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