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schoolmistress

[skool-mis-tris]
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noun
  1. a woman who presides over or teaches in a school.
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Origin of schoolmistress

First recorded in 1490–1500; school1 + mistress

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for schoolmistress

Historical Examples

  • The schoolmistress didn't mean to obey the order, but for some reason she did.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The schoolmistress immediately became the center of interest.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The schoolmistress endeavored to turn the subject, but it was useless.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The schoolmistress went with her as far as the sitting room.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The schoolmistress, her face red and her eyes moist, approached.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for schoolmistress

schoolmistress

noun
  1. a woman who teaches in or runs a school
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Derived Formsschoolmistressy, adjective
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