school·​mis·​tress | \ ˈskül-ˌmi-strəs How to pronounce schoolmistress (audio) \

Definition of schoolmistress

: a woman who teaches school

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schoolmistressy \ ˈskül-​ˌmi-​strə-​sē How to pronounce schoolmistressy (audio) \ adjective

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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, "Skylight," 11 July 2019 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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The first known use of schoolmistress was in the 15th century

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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 How to pronounce schoolmistress (audio) \

Kids Definition of schoolmistress

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

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