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master

noun mas·ter \ ˈmas-tər \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of master

1 a (1) :a male teacher
(2) :a person holding an academic degree higher than a bachelor's but lower than a doctor's; also :the degree itself
b often capitalized :a revered religious leader
c :a worker or artisan qualified to teach apprentices (see 1apprentice 1b)
d (1) :an artist, performer, or player of consummate (see 1consummate 1) skill
(2) :a great figure of the past (as in science or art) whose work serves as a model or ideal
2 a :one having authority over another :ruler, governor
  • This decisive battle left him master of Europe.
b :one that conquers or masters :victor, superior
  • in the new challenger the champion found his master
c :a person licensed to command a merchant ship
d (1) :one having control
  • proved himself master of the situation
(2) :an owner especially of a slave or animal
e :the employer especially of a servant
f (1) dialect :husband
(2) :the male head of a household
3 a (1) archaic :mr.
(2) :a youth or boy too young to be called mister used as a title
b :the eldest son of a Scottish viscount or baron (see baron 2a)
4 a :a presiding (see preside 2) officer in an institution or society (such as a college)
b :any of several officers of court appointed to assist (as by hearing and reporting) a judge
5 a :a master mechanism (see mechanism 1) or device
b :an original from which copies can be made; especially :a master recording (such as a magnetic tape)

mastership

play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of master in a Sentence

  1. As a slave he was required to do his master's bidding without question.

  2. The dog was always obedient to its master.

  3. the master and mistress of the house

  4. She is a master of her craft.

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Origin and Etymology of master

Middle English, from Old English magister & Anglo-French meistre, both from Latin magister; akin to Latin magnus large — more at much


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master

adjective

Definition of master

:being or relating to a master: such as
a :having chief authority :dominant
b :skilled, proficient
  • a prosperous master builder
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d :superlative often used in combination
  • a master-liar
e :being a device or mechanism that controls the operation of another mechanism or that establishes a standard (such as a dimension or weight)
f :being or relating to a master from which duplicates are made

Examples of master in a Sentence

  1. thought of themselves as belonging to humanity's master race

  2. a master craftsman who makes fine wood furniture of his own designs

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master

verb

Definition of master

mastered; mastering play \-t(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to become master of :overcome
  • mastered his fears
2 a :to become skilled or proficient in the use of
  • master a foreign language
b :to gain a thorough understanding of
  • had mastered every aspect of publishing
  • Current Biography
3 :to produce a master recording of (something, such as a musical rendition)

Examples of master in a Sentence

  1. She mastered French in college.

  2. He is determined to master every aspect of the business.

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Origin and Etymology of master

Other Audio Recording Terms



MASTER Defined for English Language Learners

master

adjective

Definition of master for English Language Learners

  • : highly skilled

  • : largest or most important

  • —used to describe an original version from which other copies can be made


master

verb

Definition of master for English Language Learners

  • : to succeed in controlling (something, such as an emotion)

  • : to learn (something) completely : to get the knowledge and skill that allows you to do, use, or understand (something) very well


MASTER Defined for Kids

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master

noun mas·ter \ ˈma-stər \

Definition of master for Students

1 :someone having authority over another person, an animal, or a thing
  • the slave's master
  • the master of a ship
2 :a male teacher
3 :an artist or performer of great skill
  • He is a master at making desserts.
4 used as a title for a young boy too young to be called mister
  • Master Timothy Roe

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master

verb

Definition of master for Students

mastered; mastering
1 :to get control of
  • You must master your fear.
2 :to become skillful at
  • I managed to master arithmetic.

Law Dictionary

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master

noun mas·ter

legal Definition of master

1 :an individual or entity (as a corporation) having control or authority over another: as
a :the owner of a slave
b :employer — compare servant
c :principal 1a
2 :an officer of the court appointed (as under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 53) to assist a judge in a particular case by hearing and reporting on the case, sometimes by making findings of fact and conclusions of law, and by performing various related functions
Note: Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a master may be a magistrate or else may be a person with some special expertise in the matter. The word master as used in the Federal Rules encompasses a referee, an auditor, an examiner, and an assessor. If the master makes findings of fact, they are reviewable de novo by the court except when the parties have stipulated that the findings will be reviewed for clear error or that the master's findings are to be final.

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master

adjective

legal Definition of master

:being the principal or controlling one :governing a number of subordinate like things
  • a master insurance policy


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