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Meaning of mistress

mis•tress

Pronunciation: (mis'tris), [key]
— n.
  1. a woman who has authority, control, or power, esp. the female head of a household, institution, or other establishment.
  2. a woman employing, or in authority over, servants or attendants.
  3. a female owner of an animal, or formerly, a slave.
  4. a woman who has the power of controlling or disposing of something at her own pleasure: mistress of a great fortune.
  5. (sometimes cap.) something regarded as feminine that has control or supremacy: Great Britain, the mistress of the seas.
  6. a women who is skilled in something, as an occupation or art.
  7. a woman who has a continuing, extramarital sexual relationship with one man, esp. a man who, in return for an exclusive and continuing liaison, provides her with financial support.
  8. a female schoolteacher; schoolmistress.
  9. (cap.) a term of address in former use and corresponding to Mrs., Miss, or Ms.
  10. sweetheart.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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