Kept mistress

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Kept mistress a concubine; a woman supported by a man as his paramour.
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Usage

In literature:

Then Rhun began jesting with the maid, who still kept the semblance of her mistress.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 3 (of 3)"
My manner resembles that of a footman who has got an ensign's commission, or a kept mistress who is made a wife.
"Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica" by James Boswell
I waited on the table, kept flies off'n my mistress and went for the mail.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Yet in this office he bought a mistress from the slave market whom he kept openly at his house.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
The dog's satisfaction was a little damped as his mistress took her way toward the fir-wood, and he kept making rushes by another path.
"Cutlass and Cudgel" by George Manville Fenn
Sheer amazement kept Mistress Winter silent for one moment after Agnes had made her startling revelation.
"For the Master's Sake" by Emily Sarah Holt
I could have brought young Mr. Prig to have kept my mistress company in the meantime.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
There is still another denomination of this latter kind, whom all the world has heard of as kept mistresses.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
Miss Jones, the hostel mistress, was genial and warm-hearted, and kept well in touch with her girls.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
I was now established the kept mistress in form, well lodged, with a very sufficient allowance, and lighted up with all the lustre of dress.
"Memoirs Of Fanny Hill" by John Cleland
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In poetry:

Wine, brandy, spirits, or strong beer,
Were rather shy at ent'ring there.
Master and Mistress were as shy;
This happy cot they ne'er came nigh.
Joseph and Sarah--modest brace!
The Priest gave these--they kept their place.
"Happiness" by William Hutton
The minister's long fields are still with dews of summer wet;
The roof that sheltered Mistress Hale tradition points to yet.
Green be her memory ever kept all over Cape-Ann-Side,
Whose unobtrusive excellence awed back delusion's tide!
"Mistress Hale Of Beverly" by Lucy Larcom