Definition of mistress
1 : a woman who has power, authority, or ownership: such asa : the female head of a householdb : a woman who employs or supervises servants The servants were required to do their mistress's bidding without question.c : a woman who is in charge of a school or other establishment Mrs. Goddard was the mistress of a school — Jane Austend : a woman of the Scottish nobility having a status comparable to that of a master
2a chiefly British : a female teacher or tutorb : a woman who has achieved mastery in some field She was a mistress of music.
3 : something personified as female that rules, directs, or dominates when Rome was mistress of the world
4a : a woman other than his wife with whom a married man has a continuing sexual relationshipb archaic : sweetheart
5a —used archaically as a title prefixed to the name of a married or unmarried womanb chiefly Southern US and Midland US : mrs. 1a
Examples of mistress in a Sentence
Servants were required to do the mistress's bidding without question.
The dog was always obedient to its master and mistress.
the master and mistress of the house
a married man who has a mistress
His wife suspected that the woman she'd seen with him was his mistress.
Recent Examples of mistress from the Web
Sybil Sage, a television writer and mosaic artist, describes Alexa’s place in her household as a cross between a mistress and a nurse.
He was married three times, and his longtime mistress was murdered at Taliesin by a house employee who also killed six others and set fire to the house.
The rest of the sandwich traveled to my stomach as a perfect marriage of pork and bread with no liquid mistress to come between them.
Rebekah Mason was a former adviser to the Gov. Bentley and his alleged mistress.
The reference was to Alice Keppel, Camilla’s great-grandmother, who had been a mistress of Edward VII, Charles’s great-great grandfather.
Part private investigator, part emotional confidante, the mistress dispeller is tasked with ending the relationship by any means necessary.
Once the mistress of a venture capitalist named Graham, Audra is now his much younger wife.
By coincidence, the same day that Reichstag burned, Einstein wrote to his quondam mistress, Margarete Lenbach.
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Definition of mistress for Students
1 : a female teacher
2 : a woman who has control or authority over another person, an animal, or a thing … the old woman had no loyalty toward her mistress … — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain
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