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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Recent Examples on the Web The work shows Tiffany’s mastery at conveying spatial depth by combining nearby and far away details, along with blurred shadows and sharply defined blossom. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Tiffany lamp show at Cleveland Museum of Art brightens dark time of year," 12 Jan. 2020 No Bruce, Marmo and his celebrity director Joe Mantegna clearly are arguing here, then no George Carlin or Richard Pryor, especially since Bruce’s mastery of dirty words hardly was confined to a list of seven. Chris Jones,, "Review: Uncensored Lenny Bruce play now in Chicago shows just who he was," 27 Oct. 2019 Edelman’s mastery of the offense, his ability to exploit soft spots, and his chemistry with Tom Brady has caused endless headaches for opponents., "Julian Edelman," 20 Oct. 2019 Memphis: The Tigers defense looked baffled in the first half, but adjusted to better control Perry’s mastery at handling the ball. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Memphis remains undefeated with a 35-23 win over Navy," 26 Sep. 2019 Thanks to Lil Nas X's mastery of all things online, the song was everywhere long before radio or any of the traditional industry mechanisms caught up. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Breaking the Record For Most Weeks at No. 1," 30 July 2019 There’s also the loss of in-person, close-up demonstrations of proper technique, and the opportunity for teachers to gauge students’ mastery in real time. Emily Richmond, The Atlantic, "Shop Class, Over Zoom," 2 May 2020 Establishing consistent routines, rehearsing and reviewing what will happen next, and giving children enough time to transition between activities can all help children with mastery and reduce their level of anxiety in new experiences. Lisa Boone, Anchorage Daily News, "Should children wear face masks? Here’s what a Johns Hopkins pediatrician says.," 27 Apr. 2020 These guidelines shall ensure that grading reflects a student’s relative mastery of an assignment and that a sufficient number of grades are taken to support the grade average assigned. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball ISD announces new grading guidelines for remote learning," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of mastery was in the 13th century

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4 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mastery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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 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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