school·​mis·​tress | \ ˈskül-ˌmi-strəs \

Definition of schoolmistress

: a woman who teaches school

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schoolmistressy \ ˈskül-​ˌmi-​strə-​sē \ adjective

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Usually, one schoolmistress declares her love to another and is rebuffed. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "These Actors Are Off Book. Way Off.," 16 Feb. 2018 FacebookTwitterPinterest 1/12On a walk with school-mates and a schoolmistress, London, 1957.From Bettmann/Getty Images. Vanity Fair, Vanities, "Scenes from Prince Charles’s Childhood," 28 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of schoolmistress

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of schoolmistress

old-fashioned : a woman who teaches in a school


school·​mis·​tress | \ ˈskül-ˌmi-strəs \

Kids Definition of schoolmistress

: a woman who is in charge of a school or teaches in a school

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