mistress

Definitions

  • Mistress Mary
    Mistress Mary
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mistress a woman master who directs the work of others
    • n mistress an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man
    • n mistress a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Mrs." is the abbreviation of Mistress, which originally was a title and form of address for a married woman. It was always capitalized.
    • Mistress A married woman; a wife. "Several of the neighboring mistresses had assembled to witness the event of this memorable evening."
    • Mistress A title of courtesy formerly prefixed to the name of a woman, married or unmarried, but now superseded by the contracted forms, Mrs., for a married, and Miss, for an unmarried, woman. "Now Mistress Gilpin (careful soul)."
    • Mistress A woman filling the place, but without the rights, of a wife; a woman having an ongoing usually exclusive sexual relationship with a man, who may provide her with financial support in return; a concubine; a loose woman with whom one consorts habitually; as, both his wife and his mistress attended his funeral.
    • Mistress A woman having power, authority, or ownership; a woman who exercises authority, is chief, etc.; the female head of a family, a school, etc. "The late queen's gentlewoman! a knight's daughter!
      To be her mistress ' mistress !"
    • Mistress A woman regarded with love and devotion; she who has command over one's heart; a beloved object; a sweetheart.
    • Mistress A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it. "A letter desires all young wives to make themselves mistresses of Wingate's Arithmetic."
    • Mistress The old name of the jack at bowls.
    • v. i Mistress To wait upon a mistress; to be courting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Fish Bowl was invented by Countess Dubarry, Mistress of King Louis XV (Born 1710 Died 1774)
    • n mistress A woman who has authority or power of control, as over a house or over other persons; a female head, chief, or director; a woman who is served by or has the ordering of others: the feminine correlative of master: as, the mistress of a family or of a school. It is also extended to things which are spoken of as feminine.
    • n mistress A title of address or term of courtesy nearly equivalent to madam, formerly applied to any woman or girl, but now chiefly and specifically to married women, written in the abbreviated form Mrs. (now pronounced mis′ ez), and used before personal names. In English lawit is the proper style of the wife of an esquire or gentleman. See miss.
    • n mistress A woman who has mastered any art or branch of study: used also of things.
    • n mistress A woman who is beloved and courted; a woman who has command over a lover's heart; a sweetheart: now used only in poetic language or as an archaisrn.
    • n mistress A woman who illicitly occupies the place of a wife.
    • n mistress In the game of bowls, the small ball at which the players aim; the jack.
    • mistress To attend as a lover upon a mistress; pay court to women.
    • mistress To become mistress of.
    • n mistress In mining, a cover for sinkers in a wet shaft; a cover for a sinker's lamp.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mistress mis′tres (fem. of Master) a woman having power or ownership: the female head of a family, school, &c.: a woman well skilled in anything: a woman loved and courted: a concubine:
    • v.t Mistress to play the mistress
    • n Mistress mis′tres (fem. of Mister) a form of address once applied to any woman or girl, now given to a married woman (usually written Mrs and pronounced mis′ez)
    • n Mistress mis′tres (Shak.) the small ball at bowls, now called the Jack, at which the players aim
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Quotations

  • William Wycherley
    William Wycherley
    “A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town, not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “He is a fool that kisseth the maid when he may kiss the mistress.”
  • John Dryden
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    “It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “A mistress never is nor can be a friend. While you agree, you are lovers; and when it is over, anything but friends.”
  • Elsie De Wolfe
    Elsie De Wolfe
    “It is the personality of the mistress that the home expresses. Men are forever guests in our homes, no matter how much happiness they may find there.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    Marquis%20De%20Sade
    “No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. maistress, OF. maistresse, F. maîtresse, LL. magistrissa, for L. magistra, fem. of magister,. See Master Mister, and cf. Miss a young woman
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. maistresse (Fr. maîtresse).

Usage

In literature:

Does it mean an orphan child, Mistress Stoddard?
"A Little Maid of Province Town" by Alice Turner Curtis
The earl did go himself to fetch her from Mistress Pepper's, and after that she came neither of us saw the sloe-eyed woman any more.
"A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales" by Amelie Rives
A little later she learned that her uncle was dead, and she became mistress of a handsome fortune.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Cloud should be sent for, certain that, as he was unknown to the Duchess, their mistress would confess nothing of moment to him.
"Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
She had known all our mistresses.
"Germinie Lacerteux" by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
This was evidently Mistress Satchell's own view of the matter.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
A letter was waiting for Isoult Avery at Bradmond, from an old friend and mistress whom she had not seen since her marriage.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
Oh, how my heart rebelled against the sound 'Mistress Cecil!
"The Buccaneer" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
Marse Alex done died, and dey was my mistress.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Even going without breakfast was no hardship, if it so pleased his beloved mistress.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
Mistress Crawley is a somewhat stern task-mistress.
"Penshurst Castle" by Emma Marshall
Mistress Janice is an emissary of the evil one that thou must resist.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Gladly Mistress Fitzooth heard this, and very cheerfully they all started afresh upon the journey.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
His real mistress was the machine, and the real mistress of Winifred was the machine.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
For this change was not material, but spiritual, and it had to do with Tharon, who was now the mistress of Last's.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
The poor mistress has grown still thinner than of old.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
Is thy mistress in the house?
"An Orkney Maid" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
My mistress, my dear mistress!
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens
So he had all the more leisure at his disposal in which to pay court to the beautiful fair-haired mistress of the castle.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
So I departed, O my mistress, from his presence; but before I quitted the city, I entered a public bath, and shaved my beard.
"The Thousand and One Nights, Vol. I." by Anonymous
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In poetry:

O Mistress, Mistress,
Reptile mistress,
Your eye is very dark, very bright,
And it never softens
Although you watch.
"Lui Et Elle" by D H Lawrence
Yet all the time his mistress spoke
Such artful words of cheer
As "Oh, how nice!" and "Oh, how clean!"
And "There's a patient dear!"
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
Drive gently on, dark muleteer,
And the light seguidilla frame:
Fain would I listen still, to hear
At every close thy mistress' name.
"Lines" by Maria Gowen Brooks
Love and my mistress were at strife
Who had the greatest power on me:
Betwixt them both, oh, what a life!
Nay, what a death is this to be!
"A Sweet Contention Between Love, His Mistress, And Beauty" by Nicholas Breton
Let Grief be her own mistress still.
She loveth her own anguish deep
More than much pleasure. Let her will
Be done—to weep or not to weep.
"To J. S." by Alfred Lord Tennyson
VI. Then let me be thy tender friend,
Thy mistress since I cannot be:
Thou'lt soon forget thou'rt not belov'd,
And I! I'm not adored by thee.
"Vive le Platonique!" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

Who gs on 1st dte on Vday.you treat her like a Kennedy mistress you'll be big pimpng lke Jay-Z.
Senator John Ensign, Republican of Nevada, tried to steer lobbying work to the husband of his former mistress, records indicate.
Cop met with mistress while on duty .
Grand jury indicts former presidential candidate Edwards over payments to mistress.
Where John Edwards ' Mistress Hid Out.
"Mistress" and " womanizer" defines women in such dismissive terms.
Last week the Nevada Republican acknowledged that his parents paid his mistress and her family nearly $100,000.
Ex-mayor 's mistress still owes Detroit $85,000.
Former Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia's former wife, who was married to him when he steered an expensive contract to his then mistress, said she's hoping to close this chapter of her life.
John Edwards' mistress discusses their relationship in forthcoming book.
Phone Records Show Petrino, Mistress In Frequent Contact.
Furious ' wife helped mistress with biography.
Petraeus Mistress Told Jon Stewart 'No Dirty Secrets.
Some eight months after police in the tony New York City suburb of New Canaan, Connecticut, arrested attorney Steven Guynn on domestic violence charges involving his reported mistress, he has left his position as a corporate partner at.
The paternity case brought against Tiger Woods by porn star and alleged mistress Devon James was thrown out by a Florida judge Tuesday, TMZ reported.
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In science:

We have tried hard to persuade ourselves that Fabian is the metrical equivalent of Pompeii in the way that Catullus’s mistresses were the metrically equivalent Clodia and Lesbia, and there will be a small prize for the first reader who correctly remembers which was the real and which the poetic one.
Astrophysics in 2006
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