Mistress

Definition of Mistress

Mis´tress
n.1.A woman having power, authority, or ownership; a woman who exercises authority, is chief, etc.; the female head of a family, a school, etc.
The late queen's gentlewoman! a knight's daughter!
To be her mistress' mistress!
- Shak.
2.A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it.
3.A woman regarded with love and devotion; she who has command over one's heart; a beloved object; a sweetheart.
4.A woman filling the place, but without the rights, of a wife; a woman having an ongoing usually exclusive sexual relationship with a man, who may provide her with financial support in return; a concubine; a loose woman with whom one consorts habitually; as, both his wife and his mistress attended his funeral.
5.A title of courtesy formerly prefixed to the name of a woman, married or unmarried, but now superseded by the contracted forms, Mrs., for a married, and Miss, for an unmarried, woman.
Now Mistress Gilpin (careful soul).
- Cowper.
6.A married woman; a wife.
Several of the neighboring mistresses had assembled to witness the event of this memorable evening.
- Sir W. Scott.
7.The old name of the jack at bowls.
To be one's own mistress
to be exempt from control by another person.
v. i.1.To wait upon a mistress; to be courting.

Related Words

Frau, Fraulein, Miss, Mlle, Mme, Mmes, dame, dona, donna, lady, madam, madame, mademoiselle, mem-sahib, mesdames, senhora, senhorita, signora, signorina, vrouw
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