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1 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

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From and maistresse (French: maîtresse), feminine of maistre, master


  • mĭsʹtrĭs, /ˈmɪstrɪs/, /"mIstrIs/


  1. a woman, specifically one with control, authority or ownership
    She was the mistress of the mansion, and owned the horses.
  2. a female teacher
    games mistress
  3. a woman who (dishonorably) displaces a wife in the affections of a man; a woman, other than his wife, with whom a married man has a continuing sexual relationship
  4. a dominatrix


a woman of authority
a female teacher
a woman who displaces a wife
a dominatrix


  • (woman with control, authority or owernship): boss (applicable to either sex), head (applicable to either sex), leader (applicable to either sex)
  • (female teacher): schoolmarm
  • (woman who displaces a wife in the affections of a man): bit on the side (applicable to either sex), fancy woman


Male equivalents:
  • (woman with control, authority or ownership): master
  • (female teacher): master
  • (woman who displaces a wife in the affections of a man): fancy man
  • (dominatrix): master

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Extensive Definition

Mistress, the feminine counterpart of master, may mean:
  • Mistress (lover) – a woman, other than his wife, with whom a man has a continuing sexual relationship.
  • Mistress (form of address) – an old-fashioned term for the lady of the house, especially one who is head of the household.
  • A dominatrix in BDSM.
  • A woman who owns a slave.
  • Schoolmistress, or female school teacher (also called a "schoolmarm"). The term is now generally obsolete; see schoolmaster.
mistress in French: Maître

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