mastery

noun
mas·​tery | \ ˈma-st(ə-)rē How to pronounce mastery (audio) \

Definition of mastery

1a : the authority of a master : dominion
b : the upper hand in a contest or competition : superiority, ascendancy
2a : possession or display of great skill or technique
b : skill or knowledge that makes one master of a subject : command

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Examples of mastery in a Sentence

We were impressed by her mastery of the subject. She achieved a complete mastery of French. He struggled to gain mastery of his fears.
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Of course, there’s little else like Wildermiss in Colorado at the moment — melodic and guitar-driven, slick and passionate, rhythmically sophisticated yet happy to flex its mastery of song-building basics. John Wenzel, The Know, "Exclusive: Wildermiss reveals new album, video for “Hell or High Water”," 14 June 2019 Fall no longers heralds the most attention-seizing feats of mastery. Jason Parham, WIRED, "2019's Top Contenders for the Song of Summer," 4 June 2019 The intermittent strangenesses of Ravel’s harmonic language, a language that at the time was still in the process of being assimilated, mixed with the unassailable ripeness and sensuality of his orchestral mastery. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Symphony program harks back to a visit by Ravel," 20 Apr. 2018 That was in part down to their mastery of a revolutionary defensive system in which defenders marked the opposing attackers closely; in part down to financial muscle; and, almost certainly, in part down to the illicit influencing of referees. 1843, "A league of their own: how English clubs conquered Europe," 7 June 2019 This, Zig believed, would lead to mastery of the skill. Jordyn Brown, The Seattle Times, "Remembering Siegfried ‘Zig’ Engelmann’s legacy of learning," 12 Apr. 2019 Most attribute Neptune's discovery to mathematical mastery in the 1800s. National Geographic, "Neptune, explained," 28 Mar. 2019 Dancers Daniil Simkin, Alexandre Hammoudi, Calvin Royal III, and more showed the extent of the art form and their mastery of it. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The American Ballet Theatre Hosts Its Spring Gala Celebrating Choreographer Extraordinaire Alexei Ratmansky," 21 May 2019 The Predators maintained their mastery of the Avalanche, beating their Central Division rivals for a 12th time over the last 13 regular-season meetings. Pat Graham, The Seattle Times, "Predators beat Avalanche 4-1, Laviolette earns win No. 600," 21 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of mastery

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mastery

Middle English maistrie, from Anglo-French mestrie, maistrie, from meistre master

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mastery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mastery

: knowledge and skill that allows you to do, use, or understand something very well
: complete control of something

mastery

noun
mas·​tery | \ ˈma-stə-rē How to pronounce mastery (audio) \

Kids Definition of mastery

1 : complete control The wrestler gained mastery over all of his opponents.
2 : a very high level of skill or knowledge He achieved a complete mastery of the language.

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