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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Lippmann doubted this level of mastery was possible because citizens are too removed from the world to form concrete judgments. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 In her shtetl, only young boys were indulged in their maniacal pursuit of mastery that led them to spend every waking moment poring over the Talmud. WSJ, "Give No Triple Points for ‘Gender Differences’," 22 Nov. 2018 Chris Green blessed yet another client with his coloring mastery, this time adding a ton of cozy-looking warm brown and golden highlights throughout her hair to create an all-over, naturally sun-kissed look. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "21 Bronde Hair Ideas That Look Amazing on Everyone," 7 Oct. 2018 There is certainly no denying the technical brilliance of Strauss’ mastery of the orchestra. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. Symphony follows Strauss over a mountain," 13 Apr. 2018 Media: Jukin Media If a child expresses interest in an instrument, Parks said starting young is wise because so much of the mastery is physical. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Give music lessons a whirl," 28 Mar. 2018 The young genius at the keyboard was dazzling the audience with his mastery of music. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "Leaving the ‘stage of life’ to the applause of heaven," 12 July 2018 Tenniel’s caterpillar is better than Santore’s, but when Alice upsets and shows her mastery over the Red Queen and other playing cards, Santore wins. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Woodmere's Charles Santore show is a trove of illustration, from Columbo to Cowardly Lion," 28 Mar. 2018 His mastery—of fabric, design, silhouette, and the very process of creative reinvention—was a breathtaking thing to behold. Amy Synnott, Harper's BAZAAR, "Glenda Bailey on Karl Lagerfeld’s “Wicked Sense of Humor” and Enduring Legacy," 19 Feb. 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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