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 The future of a headmistress, charged with two murders, is in the hands of one jury. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "New on Netflix in July 2020: 'Kissing Booth 2,' 'Baby-Sitters Club,' Charlize Theron," 24 June 2020 Near her stood the Islamic-studies teacher, the headmistress of the cyber school, and the head of the Alimah Scouts program. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "An Imam Leads His Congregation Through the Pandemic," 8 Apr. 2020 Sister Rachele Fassera, the school's deputy headmistress, courageously trailed the soldiers into the bushes – refusing to let the terrified girls leave her sight – and pleaded for their release. Fox News, "Joseph Kony survivor recalls how faith, God helped her endure 8 years in captivity," 21 Feb. 2020 The headmistress seems to revel in administering particularly savage forms of discipline, including a sort of solitary confinement that the youngsters call the Chokey. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Villains are scene stealers in ‘Matilda,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’," 18 July 2019 Said headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, comes to life with smug malevolence thanks to Kevin-Michael Moore, who can distill an incredible amount into a mere flick of his head. oregonlive, "‘Matilda the Musical’ review: Talented cast handles tough story adeptly," 11 Dec. 2019 The primary setting is a classroom in London, at Crunchem Hall Primary School, which is lorded over by an evil headmistress, Miss Agatha Trunchbull. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood High thespians to aim high with ‘Matilda’," 2 Dec. 2019 Re-release of filmmaker Jacqueline Audry’s 1950 drama about an English teen who finds herself in the middle of a power struggle between the headmistress and a female mathematics instructor at a girls boarding school in 19th-century France. Los Angeles Times, "New movies in L.A. this week: ‘Official Secrets’ with Keira Knightley and more," 25 Aug. 2019 The incident in question went down when James teased Charlotte on air for shaking hands with the headmistress of her school on the first day of the new school year. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Gave a Radio Host Who Teased Princess Charlotte on the Air a Talking to," 23 Nov. 2019

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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 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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