Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: maistresse, from maistre; MASTER1

mistress

noun
     
Related topics: School
mis‧tress [countable]
1 a woman that a man has a sexual relationship with, even though he is married to someone else:
The Prince had shocked society by living openly with his mistress.
2 British English old-fashionedSES a female teacher [↪ master]:
the new English mistress
3 the female owner of a dog, horse etc [↪ master]
4 old-fashioned the female employer of a servant [↪ master]:
The maid looked nervously at her mistress.
5

be (a/the) mistress of something

if a woman is a mistress of something, she is in control of it, highly skilled at it etc [↪ master]:
She appeared to be very much the mistress of the situation.
6

Mistress

old use used with a woman's family name as a polite way of speaking to her [↪ master]

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary