—used archaically as a title prefixed to the name of a married or unmarried woman
chiefly Southern US and Midland US—used as a conventional title of courtesy except when usage requires the substitution of a title of rank or an honorific or professional title before a married woman's surname : mrs.sense 1a
: an often professional dominatrix
With each addition of pain or restraint, he stiffens slightly, then falls into a deeper calm, a deeper peace, waiting to obey his mistress. Marianne Apostolides
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 on the WebIn the books, Mysaria serves as mistress of whisperers—a spymaster—to Rhaenyra Targaryen.
Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 17 Oct. 2022 The two met in 2012 on the set of Mad Men, where the Rory Gilmore actress had a recurring role as a mistress of Kartheiser's character, Pete Campbell.
Brendan Morrow, The Week, 18 Aug. 2022 And Karen Akers’ performance as Mark’s mistress was ultimately reduced to little more than a cameo.
Mark Peikert, Town & Country, 21 Oct. 2022 Willy’s mistress has an ear-bending working-class white Boston accent.
Jesse Green, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2022 Bond flies to Nassau and meets CIA agent Felix Leiter and Largo’s mistress Domino Vitali, whom Bond seduces and recruits to spy on Largo.
John Mariani, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 In one of her earliest roles, Monroe plays a young mistress to a crooked lawyer in this noir heist film about a $1 million jewel robbery in a mid-western city.
Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 25 Sep. 2022 Camilla began being described as a partner not a mistress.
Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 Although Audubon claimed he was born in New Orleans, he was actually born in Haiti — then called Saint-Domingue — to a white father and a mistress on his plantation, who may have been Black.
Camille Caldera, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 See More
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Middle English maistresse, from Anglo-French mestresse, feminine of mestre master — more at master