head·​mis·​tress ˈhed-ˌmi-strəs How to pronounce headmistress (audio)
: a woman heading the staff of a private school

Examples of headmistress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rest of the statement read like a slightly strained note from a scrupulously polite headmistress. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2024 Michelle Yeoh is Madam Morrible Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once) is attached to play Madam Morrible, the headmistress of Shiz University and a manipulative advisor to the Wizard. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 28 Jan. 2024 In Wicked, the filmmaker cast Yeoh as Madame Morrible, the headmistress of Crage Hall at Shiz University, the school where lead characters Elphaba (Erivo, 37) and Glinda (Grande, 30) meet as teens. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2024 The problem is not what the three headmistresses said. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 23 Dec. 2023 The title tyke of Roald Dahl’s tale is a pint-size rabble-rouser who quickly wins friends at her new elementary school, and then captains a rebellion against the cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, a villain who’s equal parts ice, vinegar and five o’clock shadow. oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2023 This school was once a monastery, its chapel boarded up since being hit by a WW2 bomb that claimed the life of the stern headmistress’ (Suzanne Bertish) son. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 7 Sep. 2023 The local school, where Dave (Mark Addy) serves as caretaker and his wife (Lesley Sharp) as headmistress, is beset by structural damage and ever-stricter budget cuts. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2023 The shooter fatally wounded three 9-year-olds, a custodian, a substitute teacher and the head headmistress before responding officers killed the 28-year-old attacker, police said. Natalie Obregon, NBC News, 27 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of headmistress was in 1730

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“Headmistress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headmistress. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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head·​mis·​tress -ˌmis-trəs How to pronounce headmistress (audio)
: a female head of a private school

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