mas·tery | \ˈmas-t(ə-)rē \

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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Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah's mastery is enough to scramble the experienced but ageing backline of Zinedine Zidane's side, where they are expected to add to their astonishing total of 29 goals in Europe this term., "Why Liverpool's Champions League Final Squad Is Capable of Making it Number 6 in Kiev," 24 May 2018 Kirkley’s mastery of Patterson’s Coi kitchen in such a short time was an anomaly. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why the restaurant Coi won’t be on this year’s Top 100 Restaurants list," 17 Apr. 2018 For her first state dinner at the White House, Reagan wore a 14-year-old Galanos gown proving the designer's mastery for craftsmanship and timeless design. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "Fashion Designer James Galanos Dies at 92," 31 Oct. 2016 Watch on Sunday as 19-year-old French striker Kylian Mbappe blazes past defenders and Croatian Luka Modric’s works his midfield mastery. Rich Campbell,, "Missing World Cup can't be in vain for U.S. men's national team," 13 July 2018 With summer here, why not take a break from the heat to test your mastery of Friendswood history? Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Test your knowledge of local history," 3 July 2018 The advantages are also considerable: respect, self-knowledge, mastery of a skill. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "This Woman Went to Art School in Her 60s, Proving It’s Never Too Late to Pivot," 21 June 2018 First, as both the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and ETS have repeatedly stated, the test questions are not designed to measure mastery of academic concepts. Bill Mchenry And Eric Simpson, star-telegram, "Educators disagree on what we're really learning from statewide STAAR tests? Here are two views," 1 June 2018 But in the meantime, researchers will continue to struggle toward mastery of nature at the smallest scales. Neil Savage, Scientific American, "What Are the Limits of Manipulating Nature?," 8 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of mastery

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

: complete control of something


mas·tery | \ˈma-stə-rē \

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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