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 To Mercedes, Keyshawn (Shannon Thornton, a beauty with anime eyes), Gidget (Skyler Joy), and the other girls, Uncle Clifford is like a headmistress, a disciplinarian and a confidante, a warden and a mother. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 On the critical day, October 5, 1933, the 54-year-old headmistress’ most trusted staff members spread out in a network of three teams across Germany. Deborah Cadbury, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2022 Prep your hair with a nourishing but lightweight serum, such as the headmistress cuticle sealer from evo. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2022 February, the headmistress, battles to keep the school open and care for her ailing deaf mother while her home life starts to crumble. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 The children moved to Italy with their mom after Russia invaded Ukraine, CNN reported, citing Maria Barone, the school's headmistress. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, 16 Mar. 2022 At the Utah facility the inmates are subjected to draconian behavioral modification methods meted out by the authoritarian headmistress. Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2022 Nearly 200 years ago, Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps, the stout headmistress of the Patapsco Female Institute, would rise early and walk from her cottage toward the towering granite school at the top of the hill. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2021 Over the centuries, the school crumbled to ruins, and the headmistress’s garden was lost to history. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 19 Aug. 2022.

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

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: a woman who heads the staff of a private school

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