Find the word definition

Crossword clues for mistress

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ They had hardly ever been in this house belonging to Nicholas, and never since it received its new mistress.
▪ And Lily's instinct for the winning side soon tempered her attitude to the new mistress.
▪ And Bridhe and Seumas Ban would make it plain to everyone that the new mistress had their approval.
▪ Now the grand old masters and mistresses of the day, their works were widely published, exhibited and collected.
▪ It was as though her old mistress were drunk, or light-headed with laudanum, so intense was her delight.
▪ She had bid her old mistress farewell the day before.
▪ The question was, on what footing would she now be with her old mistress?
▪ Perhaps the presence of her young mistress made her desist from talk.
▪ When he died aged 85, his young mistress and 10 illegitimate children inherited his money.
▪ We shall go on expeditions to the country, and I shall become the mistress of the house.
▪ Official concubines became unofficial mistresses, and mistresses became secrets kept from wives.
▪ She reappeared, according to this, in Geneva, where she has made contact with Dimitri Volkov and became his mistress.
▪ Mrs Murray has chosen Sir Thomas for her daughter Rosalie, who is not averse to becoming the mistress of his estate.
▪ How quickly the young girl he remembered had become the capable mistress of a farm!
▪ After the latter's death in 1947, Kathleen became mistress of his household and his wife in 1954.
▪ Rudd went on to become Boswell's mistress.
▪ He kept his mistress in an apartment in Moscow.
▪ Lovable but passive William has carried on by keeping a mistress on the side, whose existence is acknowledged by all.
▪ Thomas Jefferson became the third president in 1801 despite published accusations of his seducing two married women and keeping a slave mistress.
▪ Augustine kept a mistress and sired a son out of wedlock.
▪ Harris claims she was the millionaire's mistress.
▪ She thought that her husband had a mistress but could not prove it.
▪ The former prime minister's wife and mistress both attended the funeral.
▪ At midnight Mahendra would ride to his mistress, stay with her until four and then return home.
▪ He finally married his mistress Kathleen in jail.
▪ I was taken over one by my History mistress.
▪ Official concubines became unofficial mistresses, and mistresses became secrets kept from wives.
▪ She reappeared, according to this, in Geneva, where she has made contact with Dimitri Volkov and became his mistress.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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!

  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.

  3. A woman regarded with love and devotion; she who has command over one's heart; a beloved object; a sweetheart. [Poetic]

  4. 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.

  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).

  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.


Mistress \Mis"tress\, v. i. To wait upon a mistress; to be courting. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "female teacher, governess," from Old French maistresse "mistress (lover); housekeeper; governess, female teacher" (Modern French maîtresse), fem. of maistre "master" (see master (n.)). Sense of "a woman who employs others or has authority over servants" is from early 15c. Sense of "kept woman of a married man" is from early 15c.


n. A woman, specifically one with great control, authority or ownership.

  1. n. an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man [syn: kept woman, fancy woman]

  2. a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict) [syn: schoolmarm, schoolma'am, schoolmistress]

  3. a woman master who directs the work of others


Mistress may refer to:

  • Mistress (lover), a woman, other than the spouse, with whom a married individual has a continuing sexual relationship
  • Female schoolmaster, also called a schoolmistress or "schoolmarm"
  • Dominatrix, in BDSM
Mistress (lover)

A mistress is a relatively long-term female lover and companion who is not married to her partner, especially when her partner is married. Generally, the relationship is stable and at least semi-permanent, but the couple does not live together openly and the relationship is usually, but not always, secret. There is often also the implication (if not the fact) that the mistress is "kept"i.e. that her lover is paying for some (and sometimes all) of her living expenses.

The term "mistress" was originally used as a neutral feminine counterpart to "mister" or "master".

Mistress (form of address)

Mistress is an old form of address for a woman. It implies "lady of the house", especially a woman who is head of a household with domestic workers.

An example is Mistress Quickly in Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. The title did not necessarily distinguish between married and unmarried women.

The titles Mrs., Miss and Ms. are abbreviations derived from Mistress.

Mistress (band)

Mistress were an extreme metal band from Birmingham, England, United Kingdom. The members of this five-piece band adopted pseudonyms as stage-names including: Drunken and Misery on guitars, Dirty Von Arse on bass, Dave Cunt on vocals and Migg on drums. Dave Cunt (aka Dave Hunt) is also a member of Anaal Nathrakh and Benediction and Migg (aka Mick Kenney) is in several other bands, including Anaal Nathrakh, Exploder, Fukpig and Frost. Mistress announced their split on 4 March 2008.

Mistress (1992 film)

Mistress is a 1992 comedy-drama film starring Robert De Niro, Danny Aiello, Eli Wallach, Robert Wuhl and Martin Landau. The picture was written by Barry Primus and J.F. Lawton and directed by Primus.

Mistress (1987 film)

Mistress is a 1987 television film written by Joyce Eliason and starring Victoria Principal as Rae Colton, a beautiful woman in her middle thirties who is having an affair with a rich, married man named Wyn Brooks ( Don Murray).

Mistress (novel)

Mistress is a stand-alone James Patterson novel, as it is not part any of the series novels written by Patterson.

Mistress (advertising agency)

Mistress is an independent creative and strategic advertising agency based in Los Angeles, California and Hamburg, Germany.

Usage examples of "mistress".

The mistress of the house was fond of ready-made phrases, and she adopted this one, about Julien, very pleased at having invited an academician to dine with them.

I cannot refrain from expressing my admiration for the wonderful, I might almost say adorable, being who wants to convince you that you are truly his mistress.

Any lover who knows what his feelings were when he found himself with the woman he adored and with the fear that it was for the last time, will easily imagine my feelings during the last hours that I expected ever to spend with my two charming mistresses.

I could kiss neither of them, since one passed for my niece, and my sense of humanity would not allow me to treat Marcoline as my mistress in the presence of an unfortunate brother who adored her, and had never obtained the least favour from her.

Well, now both archers and Alaunt were heading back to their mistress.

Clinton told Panetta upon hearing the news that Reno had asked for another independent counsel, this time to investigate his friend and Housing secretary Henry Cisneros for allegedly lying to the FBI about payments made to a former mistress.

Look, Lackwit hath learned that he truly lacks wit, and that Amoroso and Belinda are about to sing their love duet to signify that the play is over, and that he was cuckolded before he even wed his Mistress and made her wife!

The Epilogue over, Mistress Dubois, Betterton, and the pretty boy who played Amoroso linked hands and were bowing to the audience, which was on its feet again, applauding the actors.

The chief actress, one Mistress Cleone Dubois playing Belinda, was on the stage being reconciled to her husband, Amoroso, after having discomforted Lackwit in no uncertain fashion.

A great enemy to all jealous persons, and a greater friend to my amorous fancies, I wrote to the young girl that, if she would leave her cousin for me, I would give her a house in which she should be the mistress, and that I would surround her with good society and with every luxury to be found in Venice.

When I went to bed I did not find my mistress in any amorous transports, but in a wanton and merry mood.

I embraced the lover, and then more amorously I performed the same office for the mistress, and skewed them my purse full of gold, telling them it was at their service.

With the ageing mistress sick at Anet some said dyingthat tension must increase.

Caepio Junior would have been appalled if she had moaned in ecstasy or thrown herself around in the bed as if she enjoyed herself in the manner of a mistress.

Gods thought to outwit him, Mistresses of the Labyrinth thought to deceive him, and Asterion was a step ahead of all of them.