mastery

noun mas·tery \ ˈmas-t(ə-)rē \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of mastery

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

Examples of mastery in a Sentence

  1. We were impressed by her mastery of the subject.

  2. She achieved a complete mastery of French.

  3. He struggled to gain mastery of his fears.

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Origin and Etymology of mastery

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


MASTERY Defined for English Language Learners

mastery

noun

Definition of mastery for English Language Learners

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

  • : complete control of something


MASTERY Defined for Kids

mastery

noun mas·tery \ ˈma-stə-rē \

Definition of mastery for Students

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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