head·​mis·​tress | \ ˈhed-ˌmi-strəs How to pronounce headmistress (audio) , -ˈmi- \

Definition of headmistress

: a woman heading the staff of a private school

Examples of headmistress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cone walked with a cane, and the headmistress of the seminary, a private women’s school, began imposing strange rules that segregated her from the rest of the student body. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Kitty Cone, Trailblazer of the Disability Rights Movement," 26 Mar. 2021 His replacement, Miller, heads to Bexhill on a bus driven by British Treasure Jim Broadbent, meets with headmistress Miss Rocholl (Dench), and is soon teaching English to the girls, who have little swastikas stitched on their vests. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "Six Minutes to Midnight Runs Out the Clock," 24 Mar. 2021 Presumably as headmistress, Murphy will give all involved a good lesson on reading. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "Cower Before Donna Murphy, Cool Teens of HBO Max’s Gossip Girl Reboot," 11 Jan. 2021 The 25-year old makes their acting debut in the Netflix comedy as a nonbinary student clashing with a headmistress played by Jemima Kirke. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "The 15 Rising Stars Poised to Dominate 2021, From Indie Darlings to Marvel Superheroes," 29 Dec. 2020 Under the direction of Almara Hart Lincoln Phelps, who served as headmistress from 1841 to 1856, enrollment swelled to a high of 143 young women ranging in age from 12 to 18. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Remember the Patapsco Female Institute? A look back at the Ellicott City boarding school for girls," 29 Oct. 2020 Mihalopoulos was already a trustee of Hockaday when Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt joined the private girls' school as headmistress in 2004. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Maryann Mihalopoulos was a driving force in fundraising," 31 Oct. 2020 She was later named the school’s headmistress and president. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Sister Shawn Marie Maguire, retired Maryvale Preparatory School headmistress and president, dies," 21 Sep. 2020 Sherlock explains to her the ways a finishing school education could be of use in her detective work, and her headmistress reminds her that the fiercely independent Mrs. Holmes got married, too. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Enola Holmes Is Unlike Any Sherlock Story You've Seen Before—And That's a Good Thing," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of headmistress

1730, in the meaning defined above

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“Headmistress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headmistress. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of headmistress

: a woman who is the head of a U.S. private school
: a woman who is the head of a British school


head·​mis·​tress | \ ˈhed-ˌmi-strəs How to pronounce headmistress (audio) \

Kids Definition of headmistress

: a woman who heads the staff of a private school

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