mistress

mistress
mis|tress [ˈmıstrıs] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: maistresse, from maistre; MASTER1]
1.) a woman that a man has a sexual relationship with, even though he is married to someone else
The Prince had shocked society by living openly with his mistress.
2.) BrE old-fashioned a female teacher
→↑master
the new English mistress
3.) the female owner of a dog, horse etc
→↑master
4.) old-fashioned the female employer of a servant
→↑master
The maid looked nervously at her mistress.
5.) be (a/the) mistress of sth
if a woman is a mistress of something, she is in control of it, highly skilled at it etc
→↑master
She appeared to be very much the mistress of the situation.
6.) Mistress
old use used with a woman's family name as a polite way of speaking to her
→↑master

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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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