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
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Panamanian sources said the U.S. Southern Command had tried to convince Vicky Amado, Noriega's longtime mistress, to try to lure Noriega out of the embassy, apparently in a phone call to the Vatican mission.
Amy Navarrete provided a touch of humor as mistress of ceremonies for the Glendale Latino Assn.
When viewers tuned in for the answer on Nov. 21, 1980, the shooter was revealed to be J.R.’s vengeful mistress and sister-in-law, Kristen Shepard.
Gwinnett man convicted of killing mistress with wife’s gun.
Moss gets one good scene dressing down a would-be mistress, but she is mostly consigned to voicing disappointment and exits the film midway.
The house was owned by a Jewish couple but was seized by Joseph Goebbels, who installed in it an actress who was his mistress.
The mistress of former CIA Director David Petraeus publicly discussed sensitive and previously unknown details about the assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
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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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