noun mas·ter \ˈmas-tər\

Definition of MASTER

a (1) :  a male teacher (2) :  a person holding an academic degree higher than a bachelor's but lower than a doctor's
b often capitalized :  a revered religious leader
c :  a worker or artisan qualified to teach apprentices
d (1) :  an artist, performer, or player of consummate skill
(2) :  a great figure of the past (as in science or art) whose work serves as a model or ideal
a :  one having authority over another :  ruler, governor
b :  one that conquers or masters :  victor, superior <in the new challenger the champion found his master>
c :  a person licensed to command a merchant ship
d (1) :  one having control
(2) :  an owner especially of a slave or animal
e :  the employer especially of a servant
f (1) dial :  husband
(2) :  the male head of a household
a (1) archaic :  mr. (2) :  a youth or boy too young to be called mister —used as a title
b :  the eldest son of a Scottish viscount or baron
a :  a presiding officer in an institution or society (as a college)
b :  any of several officers of court appointed to assist (as by hearing and reporting) a judge
a :  a master mechanism or device
b :  an original from which copies can be made; especially :  a master recording (as a magnetic tape)
mas·ter·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of MASTER

  1. As a slave he was required to do his master's bidding without question.
  2. The dog was always obedient to its master.
  3. the master and mistress of the house
  4. She is a master of her craft.

Origin of MASTER

Middle English, from Old English magister & Anglo-French meistre, both from Latin magister; akin to Latin magnus large — more at much
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis



: highly skilled

: largest or most important

—used to describe an original version from which other copies can be made

Full Definition of MASTER

:  being or relating to a master: as
a :  having chief authority :  dominant
b :  skilled, proficient <a prosperous master builder — Current Biography>
c :  principal, predominant
d :  superlative —often used in combination <a master-liar>
e :  being a device or mechanism that controls the operation of another mechanism or that establishes a standard (as a dimension or weight)
f :  being or relating to a master from which duplicates are made

Examples of MASTER

  1. <thought of themselves as belonging to humanity's master race>
  2. <a master craftsman who makes fine wood furniture of his own designs>

First Known Use of MASTER

12th century



: to succeed in controlling (something, such as an emotion)

: to learn (something) completely : to get the knowledge and skill that allows you to do, use, or understand (something) very well

mas·teredmas·ter·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of MASTER

transitive verb
:  to become master of :  overcome <mastered his fears>
a :  to become skilled or proficient in the use of <master a foreign language>
b :  to gain a thorough understanding of <had mastered every aspect of publishing — Current Biography>
:  to produce a master recording of (as a musical rendition)

Examples of MASTER

  1. She mastered French in college.
  2. He is determined to master every aspect of the business.

First Known Use of MASTER

13th century

Other Audio Recording Terms

baffle, dub, fidelity, transcription, treble
MASTERSHIP Defined for Kids


noun mas·ter \ˈma-stər\

Definition of MASTER for Kids

:  someone having authority over another person, an animal, or a thing <the slave's master> <the master of a ship>
:  a male teacher
:  an artist or performer of great skill <He is a master at making desserts.>
—used as a title for a young boy too young to be called mister <Master Timothy Roe>



Definition of MASTER for Kids

:  to get control of <You must master your fear.>
:  to become skillful at <I managed to master arithmetic.>


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