mistress

[ mis-tris ]
/ ˈmɪs trɪs /

noun

Origin of mistress

1275–1325; Middle English maistresse < Middle French, Old French, equivalent to maistre master + -esse -ess

Related forms

mis·tressed, adjectivemis·tress-ship, noun

Usage note

See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for mistress (1 of 2)

mistress

/ (ˈmɪstrɪs) /

noun

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

Word Origin for mistress

C14: from Old French; see master, -ess

British Dictionary definitions for mistress (2 of 2)

Mistress

/ (ˈmɪstrɪs) /

noun

an archaic or dialect title equivalent to Mrs

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