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 schoolmaster
  • A dominatrix in BDSM

Title or form of address

  • Mistress (form of address), an old-fashioned term for the lady of the house, especially one who is head of the household
  • Mrs, original abbreviation
  • Mistress (college), a female head of a college
    • List of Mistresses of Girton College, Cambridge
  • Mistress of the Robes, the senior lady of the British Royal Household

Ancient religions

  • Mistress of the house of life, a title of the Egyptian goddess Isis
  • Mistress of the west. The Egyptian goddess Hathor
  • Mistress of the temple,the Egyptian Goddess of the underworld Nepthys.
  • Mistress of the labyrinth, the lady of the labyrinth, in the palace of Knossos (Creta)
  • Mistress of the house ( Greek, "Despoina"),a title applied to the Greek goddess Persephone,but also to the goddesses Demeter and Hecate.
  • Mistress of the animals (Greek "potnia theron"), a title applied to the Greek goddess Artemis.
  • Mistress (Greek ("potnia"),a title applied to the Greek goddesses Demeter, Persephone and Athena.


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