[ skool-mis-tris ]

  1. a woman who presides over or teaches in a school.

Origin of schoolmistress

First recorded in 1490–1500; school1 + mistress

usage note For schoolmistress

See -ess.

Words Nearby schoolmistress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use schoolmistress in a sentence

  • Mistress Maria Kent was sitting on the porch at her pretty little home, the picture of an old-time schoolmistress.

    Maid Sally | Harriet A. Cheever
  • And this was the correct schoolmistress, the preceptress and example of all the virtues!

  • The child, having conceived a great fondness for her schoolmistress, wished to please the latter by attention to her lessons.

  • "Come home, Henrietta," said Periwinkle, and she marched Henrietta out the door under the very eyes of the schoolmistress.

    Duffels | Edward Eggleston
  • It was, perhaps, characteristic of the little old schoolmistress to show no interest whatever.

    The Isle of Unrest | Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for schoolmistress


/ (ˈskuːlˌmɪstrɪs) /

  1. a woman who teaches in or runs a school

Derived forms of schoolmistress

  • schoolmistressy, adjective

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