school·​mis·​tress ˈskül-ˌmi-strəs How to pronounce schoolmistress (audio)
: a woman who teaches school
schoolmistressy adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The inspiration for Jean Brodie was a charismatic schoolmistress called Christina Kay. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, 28 July 2020 The home above was empty, except for the small cry of a little girl (who had just received a good-night kiss but didn’t want to go to sleep), and the shadow of a hoop skirt, like a black devil in a perverse schoolmistress’s ankle boots. Silvina Ocampo, The New Yorker, 11 July 2019 Usually, one schoolmistress declares her love to another and is rebuffed. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2018 FacebookTwitterPinterest 1/12On a walk with school-mates and a schoolmistress, London, 1957.From Bettmann/Getty Images. Vanity Fair, Vanities, 28 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of schoolmistress was in the 15th century

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“Schoolmistress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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school·​mis·​tress -ˌmis-trəs How to pronounce schoolmistress (audio)
: a woman who teaches school

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