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

Definition of headmistress

: a woman heading the staff of a private school

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The school's headmistress justifies her action by citing such religious transgressions as Yaakov owning a television set and his daughter wearing a slit skirt. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Unorthodox': Film Review," 14 June 2019 Tilda Swinton appears in character as Madame Blanc, the headmistress of horror at Berlin’s Tanz Dance Academy, in a witchlike cloak. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Fall Runways Are Full of Bewitching Clothes, So Let’s Explore Fashion’s Obsession With Horror," 27 Mar. 2019 Over the summer, the school has dealt with some controversy, as the school’s founder and headmistress resigned after conflicts with the board and parents. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sweden’s Princess Estelle Looks Adorable on Her First Day of School," 21 Aug. 2018 Cogswell, a graduate and then headmistress and principal of Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture, Gardening, and Horticulture in Groton, Massachusetts, was in high demand. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "Dynamic Webb House Garden: More Than Just A Pretty Face," 3 July 2018 Throwing their rebellion into sharper relief is their headmistress Hester Appleyard. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 29 May 2018 The 1975 Australian film, based on a 1900 novel by Joan Lindsay, follows six Edwardian-era schoolgirls and their headmistress on a day trip to Hanging Rock, a cliffside park in Victoria, Australia. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Picnic at Hanging Rock is Back—This Is How 3 Top Designers Have Interpreted the Cult Film," 25 May 2018 In 1840, Dorothea Dix, the former headmistress of a Boston school for girls, had completed a trip to England meant to help recover her health. Howard Husock And, WSJ, "The Case to Bring Back the Asylum," 18 May 2018 Hermione, the smartest witch of her age, is Minister of Magic of course — and Professor Minerva McGonagall is headmistress of Hogwarts. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Casts a Spell on Broadway: All About the Epic Two-Part Show," 21 Apr. 2018

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1730, in the meaning defined above

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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) \

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: a woman who heads the staff of a private school

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