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Definitions of mistress

  1. an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man
  2. a woman master who directs the work of others
  3. A woman having power, authority, or ownership; a woman who exercises authority, is chief, etc.; the female head of a family, a school, etc.
  4. A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it.
  5. A woman regarded with love and devotion; she who has command over one's heart; a beloved object; a sweetheart.
  6. A woman filling the place, but without the rights, of a wife; a concubine; a loose woman with whom one consorts habitually.
  7. A title of courtesy formerly prefixed to the name of a woman, married or unmarried, but now superseded by the contracted forms, Mrs., for a married, and Miss, for an unmarried, woman.
  8. A married woman; a wife.
  9. The old name of the jack at bowls.
  10. To wait upon a mistress; to be courting.
  11. A woman who has authority or who governs; the female head of a family, school, etc.; a woman well skilled in anything; a woman courted and beloved; sweetheart: Mistress, a title used before the name of a married woman; abbreviated, Mrs.
  12. ( fem. of MASTER), Awoman having power or ownership: the female head of a family, school, etc.: a woman well skilled in anything: a woman loved: a concubine: ( fem. of MISTER) a form of address ( usually written MRS. and pronounced MISSIS).
  13. A woman in authority; female head or ruler; woman skilled in anything; title of address to a married woman ( usually written Mrs.).
  14. A woman in authority.
  15. A title of a married woman; written Mrs. and pronounced missis.
  16. A woman who unlawfully fills the place of a wife.
  17. A woman skilled in something.
  18. A woman who governs: the female seed of a family or a school; a form of address; a woman beloved and courted; a woman in keeping; a commanding power. See Master.
  19. The fem. of master; a woman who instructs or governs a school; a female teacher; a woman who governs or holds authority; a woman beloved and courted; a title or term of address applied to a married untitled woman, now contracted into and written Mrs; the female head of a family; a concubine; a woman who holds something in possession; a woman who has skill in something.
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Usage examples for mistress

  1. His mistress to fall into our hands by these means! – The Blunderer by Moliere
  2. The old mistress of Falla would never let that happen. – The Emperor of Portugallia by Selma Lagerlof
  3. Take this to your young mistress. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux
  4. " It would only make her worse to try and take her away from him now," Fergusson said gently, knowing the good woman's devotion to her mistress, hearing the little shake in her voice as she spoke of Margaret; " if- the end has come, it will not be long; he has no strength to fight a long fight." – Christina by L. G. Moberly
  5. You are such a mistress of it. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  6. Is your mistress in? – The Bravest of the Brave or, with Peterborough in Spain by G. A. Henty
  7. Usually her mistress told her in the morning what to lay out for dinner. – A Splendid Hazard by Harold MacGrath
  8. And you are mistress in your own land! – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  9. " I was only going as far as mistress Comin's," replied Donal. – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  10. My dear mistress, you love me?" – Child of a Century, v3 by Alfred de Musset
  11. Lady Saxondale is my mistress, and I love her. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  12. I didn't want to be a head- mistress, but they made me one, all the same. – Plays by Chekhov, Second Series On the High Road, The Proposal, The Wedding, The Bear, A Tragedian In Spite of Himself, The Anniversary, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
  13. She is dead, Mistress Bell. – The Children's Pilgrimage by L. T. Meade
  14. The first time that I ever saw them, this pretty dog had brought her kind mistress into no small trouble. – The Widow's Dog by Mary Russell Mitford
  15. They reached the Wetherill house, and its mistress caught sight of them from the window. – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  16. Torfrida looked at her mistress to see if she were mad. – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  17. Thence going home went by Jarvis's, and there stood Jane at the door, and so I took her in and drank with her, her master and mistress being out of doors. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  18. I will not let you do any harm to my mistress. – The Nameless Castle by Maurus Jókai
  19. My mistress is a great queen. – The Pirate Woman by Aylward Edward Dingle
  20. What of your mistress? – Vittoria, v8 by George Meredith
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