mas·​tery ˈma-st(ə-)rē How to pronounce mastery (audio)
: the authority of a master : dominion
: the upper hand in a contest or competition : superiority, ascendancy
: possession or display of great skill or technique
: skill or knowledge that makes one master of a subject : command

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Public APIs Nothing builds coding mastery faster than creating personal projects that draw from public APIs such as Twitter, Spotify and GitHub. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Trump would also face a Congress less inclined to impose such constraints, having established ideological mastery of the Republican Party, whose old-line elites can no longer claim that his agenda is aberrant and must be resisted. Peter D. Feaver, Foreign Affairs, 19 Feb. 2024 This opening episode painstakingly illustrates Colter’s preoccupation with small details, mastery of countless weaponry and comprehensive knowledge of survival percentages. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 11 Feb. 2024 Some filmmakers, working without commercial constraints, demonstrate great artistic originality; others make, in effect, calling cards, proving their mastery of the codes of commercial cinema, albeit on a scant budget. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024 Tedi has accomplished a series of milestones in her career that reflect her mastery of the beauty industry and medical aesthetics. Molly Peck, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2024 Her on-stage mastery will be put on display when the VR concert premieres at 5 p.m. PST in Meta Horizon Worlds’ Music Valley. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 16 Jan. 2024 As a director, his mastery of everything, from directing to budgets to talking to location staff to thinking of the broad picture and interpreting text properly, is remarkable. Diego Ramos Bechara, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024 Audiences loved Heard’s acrobatic mastery of balance, his speed and the versatility of his dance steps, from Boogie-Woogie to mambo. Meisha Rosenberg, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mastery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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mas·​tery ˈmas-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce mastery (audio)
plural masteries
: the position or authority of a master
: skill or knowledge that makes one master of something : command
a mastery of French

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