- a woman who has authority, control, or power, especially the female head of a household, institution, or other establishment.
- a woman employing, or in authority over, servants or attendants.
- a female owner of an animal, or formerly, a slave.
- a woman who has the power of controlling or disposing of something at her own pleasure: mistress of a great fortune.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) something regarded as feminine that has control or supremacy: Great Britain, the mistress of the seas.
- a woman who is skilled in something, as an occupation or art.
- a woman who has a continuing, extramarital sexual relationship with one man, especially a man who, in return for an exclusive and continuing liaison, provides her with financial support.
- British. a female schoolteacher; schoolmistress.
- (initial capital letter) a term of address in former use and corresponding to Mrs., Miss, or Ms.
- Archaic. sweetheart.
Origin of mistress
Examples from the Web for mistress
He said, too, that after being accepted as a slave to Mistress Couple, he has made massive strides psychologically.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
And Pope Alexander VI had the painter Pinturicchio disguise his mistress as the Virgin Mary in one fresco.Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth
December 3, 2014
She broods on a portrait of her mistress, happy that it cannot say “you are not mine.”Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
He had made a mistress of a girl he rescued from some blasted-out village conquered by the Red Army at the end of the war.Iran’s Top Spy Is the Modern-Day Karla, John Le Carré’s Villainous Mastermind
July 2, 2014
As a teenager, I was the mistress of his brother—who ‘gave’ me as a gift to the sultan.The Best of the Beast, May 5-12
The Daily Beast
May 10, 2014
“I will send her some, and likewise of mine own comfits and cakes,” said Mistress Dennet.
At any rate, if the lady of the house objected to it, it could return with Mistress Randall.
The master and mistress thenceforth transact their affairs by deputy.
Never, never, wringing her hands, should she meet with a mistress she loved so well.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Master received him with cordiality, and presented him to mistress.To be Read at Dusk
- a woman who has a continuing extramarital sexual relationship with a man
- a woman in a position of authority, ownership, or control, such as the head of a household
- a woman or female personification having control over something specifiedshe was mistress of her own destiny
- mainly British short for schoolmistress
- an archaic or dialect word for sweetheart
- an archaic or dialect title equivalent to Mrs
Word Origin and History for mistress
early 14c., "female teacher, governess," from Old French maistresse "mistress (lover); housekeeper; governess, female teacher" (Modern French maîtresse), fem. of maistre "master" (see master (n.)). Sense of "a woman who employs others or has authority over servants" is from early 15c. Sense of "kept woman of a married man" is from early 15c.