mister

1 of 2

noun (1)

mis·​ter ˈmi-stər How to pronounce mister (audio)
 for sense 1  ˌmi-stər,
 or in rapid speech  (ˌ)mis(t)
1
capitalized : mr.
used sometimes in writing instead of Mr.
2
: sir
used without a name as a generalized term of direct address of a man who is a stranger
hey, mister, do you want to buy a paper
3

mister

2 of 2

noun (2)

mist·​er ˈmi-stər How to pronounce mister (audio)
: a device for spraying a mist

Examples of mister in a Sentence

Noun (1) I'll check with the mister and see if we're free that weekend
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Red pandas frolic under misters and a cooling platform. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 21 June 2024 Water misters are also being added at parks across the state, as experts recommend getting clothes a little bit damp to stay cool. Olivia B. Waxman, TIME, 19 June 2024 Habit’s mister is a lightweight spray formula that delivers UV protection and won’t mess up your makeup. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 17 June 2024 The federal grant financed 184 lights, 144 misters, 22 down jets, three spray rings and 72 panels. Dana Afana, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2024 In its early years, it was located smack in the middle of the grounds, a beaconing festival-goers with beats, cirque performances and the all-important misters. Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2024 Create shallow birdbaths or misters to provide them with a water source. The Arizona Republic, 10 Apr. 2024 The large greenhouse has running water, misters, overhead lights and heaters. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 17 Feb. 2024 Canopy with fans, heaters and misters were installed to keep employees comfortable during harsh weather conditions. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 20 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

alteration of master entry 1

Noun (2)

mist entry 2 + -er entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mister was in 1551

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Cite this Entry

“Mister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mister. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

mister

1 of 2 noun
mis·​ter ˈmis-tər How to pronounce mister (audio)
 for sense 1  ˌmis-tər
1
used sometimes in writing instead of Mr.
2
: sir sense 2
used without a name as a term of direct address of a man who is a stranger
hey, mister, do you want to buy a paper?

mister

2 of 2 noun
mist·​er ˈmis-tər How to pronounce mister (audio)
: a device for spraying a mist
Etymology

Noun

an altered form of master

Noun

2mist "to cover with a mist" and 2-er "one that does (a specified action)"

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