mistress
noun Etymology: Middle English maistresse, from Anglo-French mestresse, feminine of mestre master — more at master Date: 14th century 1. a woman who has power, authority, or ownership: as a. the female head of a household b. a woman who employs or supervises servants c. a woman who is in charge of a school or other establishment d. a woman of the Scottish nobility having a status comparable to that of a master 2. a. chiefly British a female teacher or tutor b. a woman who has achieved mastery in some field 3. something personified as female that rules, directs, or dominates <
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4. a. a woman other than his wife with whom a married man has a continuing sexual relationship b. archaic sweetheart 5. a. — used archaically as a title prefixed to the name of a married or unmarried woman b. chiefly Southern & Midland Mrs. 1a

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  • Mistress — may refer to: Mistress (lover), a woman, other than the spouse, with whom a married individual has a continuing sexual relationship Schoolmistress, or female school teacher (also called a schoolmarm ). The term is now obsolete in the UK; see… …   Wikipedia

  • mistress — ⇒MISTRESS, subst. fém. A. [Dans les pays anglo saxons ou d expression anglaise ou anglo américaine, précédant immédiatement le nom de famille, équivalent du français «Madame» (v. ce mot A 2) sauf pour les épouses des pairs britanniques, v. Lady]… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Mistress — Mis tress, n. [OE. maistress, OF. maistresse, F. ma[^i]tresse, LL. magistrissa, for L. magistra, fem. of magister. See {Master}, {Mister}, and cf. {Miss} a young woman.] 1. A woman having power, authority, or ownership; a woman who exercises… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mistress — se puede referir a: Mistress, un grupo de música originario de Birmingham, Inglaterra. Mistress, película de 1992, conocida en español como Gente de Sunset Boulevard. Mistress, telefilme de 1987. Esta página de desambiguación cataloga artículos… …   Wikipedia Español

  • mistress — MÍSTRESS s.f. (Prescurtat Mrs. înaintea numelui unei femei căsătorite) Doamnă. [pron. misiz. / < engl. mistress]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.06.2005. Sursa: DN  MISTRESS [MÍSIS] s. f. (înaintea numelui unei femei căsătorite) doamnă. (<… …   Dicționar Român

  • Mistress — Mis tress, v. i. To wait upon a mistress; to be courting. [Obs.] Donne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mistress — (engl., spr. missis, »Herrin, Gebieterin«), Prädikat verheirateter Frauen, die nicht den Titel Lady (s. d.) führen. Heiratet eine Lady einen titellosen Herrn (Mister), so verbleibt ihr für ihre Person der Titel Lady. In der förmlichen Sprache,… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • mistress — (n.) early 14c., female teacher, governess, from O.Fr. maistresse mistress (lover); housekeeper; governess, female teacher (Mod.Fr. maîtresse), fem. of maistre master (see MASTER (Cf. master) (n.)). Sense of a woman who employs others or has… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mistress — ► NOUN 1) a woman in a position of authority, control, or ownership. 2) a woman skilled in a particular subject or activity. 3) a woman (other than a wife) having a sexual relationship with a married man. 4) chiefly Brit. a female schoolteacher.… …   English terms dictionary

  • mistress — [mis′tris] n. [ME maistresse < OFr, fem. of maistre,MASTER] 1. a woman who rules others or has control, authority, or power over something; specif., a) a woman who is head of a household or institution b) Chiefly Brit. a female schoolteacher 2 …   English World dictionary

  • mistress — [[t]mɪ̱strəs[/t]] mistresses 1) N COUNT: usu with poss A married man s mistress is a woman who is not his wife and with whom he is having a sexual relationship. [OLD FASHIONED] She was his mistress for three years... He has a wife and a mistress …   English dictionary

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