|Origin:||maistre and the word it came from, Latin magister 'chief'|
someone who is very skilled at something
Runyon was a master of the short story.
a master of disguise
Hitchcock was an acknowledged master of suspense.
master at (doing) something
She's a master at manipulating people.
a work of art by a true master
2 British English
to be very good at doing something because you have done it a lot:
He's a past master at getting free drinks out of people.
man with authorityold-fashioned
a man who has control or authority over servants or workers [↪ mistress]:
You'll have to ask the master's permission.
the male owner of a dog [↪ mistress]
to be in control of your own life or work:
Determined to be his own master, Simmons quit in 1998 and started working freelance.
to be in complete control of what happens to you:
Our country must be master of its own economic destiny.
a document, record, etc from which copies are made:
I gave him the master to copy.
a university degree in an arts subject, a science subject etc that you can get after your first degree ➔ MA, M.Sc., MEd, MPhil
➔ Bachelor of Arts/Science/Education etcat bachelor (2)
a) British English old-fashionedSES
a male teacher [↪ headmaster, mistress]
b) also Master
a wise person whose ideas and words other people accept and follow:
a Zen master
used when speaking or referring to a young boy:
young boyalso Master old-fashioned
How's young Master Toby today?
the person who is in charge of some university colleges in the UK:
university officialalso Master
the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
someone who is in charge of a ship