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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And the cast of exquisitely nuanced actresses — Edwige Feuillère as headmistress Mlle. Armond White, National Review, "The Vintage French Film Olivia Bests Today’s #Resistance Filmmakers," 21 Aug. 2019 Sharon Sachs brings a fair amount of flair to the role of malapropism-spouting university headmistress Madame Morrible, and Tom Flynn carries tragic gravitas as kindly professor Doctor Dillamond, a goat in an Oz increasingly unfriendly to animals. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Back in Bay Area, ‘Wicked’ is a stirring ode to resistance," 16 Aug. 2019 Especially when your parents are vulgar, telly-addicted, book-hating schemers and your sadistic headmistress has a fondness for torturing children in a box called Chokey. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "‘Matilda the Musical’ at Beck Center a brilliant, ‘revolting’ triumph (review)," 22 July 2019 The headmistress is seated at her desk, back to the door at which kindly teacher Miss Honey nervously knocks. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Villains are scene stealers in ‘Matilda,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’," 18 July 2019 Trey Gilpin takes outrageous to a new level as terrible headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "‘Matilda the Musical’ at Beck Center a brilliant, ‘revolting’ triumph (review)," 22 July 2019 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

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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) \

Kids Definition of headmistress

: a woman who heads the staff of a private school

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