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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Mistress  \Mis"tress\,  v.  i. 
  To  wait  upon  a  mistress;  to  be  courting.  [Obs.]  --Donne. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Mistress  \Mis"tress\,  n.  [OE.  maistress,  OF  maistresse,  F. 
  ma[^i]tresse,  LL  magistrissa  for  L.  magistra,  fem.  of 
  magister.  See  {Master},  {Mister},  and  cf  {Miss}  a  young 
  woman.] 
  1.  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!  --Shak. 
 
  2.  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.  --Addison. 
 
  3.  A  woman  regarded  with  love  and  devotion;  she  who  has 
  command  over  one's  heart;  a  beloved  object;  a  sweetheart. 
  [Poetic]  --Clarendon. 
 
  4.  A  woman  filling  the  place  but  without  the  rights,  of  a 
  wife;  a  concubine;  a  loose  woman  with  whom  one  consorts 
  habitually.  --Spectator. 
 
  5.  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  woman,  married  or  unmarried,  but  now  superseded  by  the 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).  --Cowper. 
 
  6.  A  married  woman;  a  wife.  [Scot.] 
 
  Several  of  the  neighboring  mistresses  had  assembled 
  to  witness  the  event  of  this  memorable  evening. 
  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  7.  The  old  name  of  the  jack  at  bowls.  --Beau.  &  Fl 
 
  {To  be  one's  own  mistress},  to  be  exempt  from  control  by 
  another  person. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  mistress 
  n  1:  a  woman  who  has  an  ongoing  extramarital  sexual  relationship 
  with  a  man  [syn:  {kept  woman},  {fancy  woman}] 
  2:  a  woman  schoolteacher  [syn:  {schoolmarm},  {schoolmistress}] 
  3:  a  woman  master  who  directs  the  work  of  others 




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