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MISTRESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mistress mean? 

MISTRESS (noun)
  The noun MISTRESS has 3 senses:

1. an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man
2. a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)
3. a woman master who directs the work of others

  Familiarity information: MISTRESS used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MISTRESS (noun)


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Meaning:

An adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

kept woman; mistress; fancy woman

Hypernyms ("mistress" is a kind of...):

lover (a significant other to whom you are not related by marriage)

adult female; woman (an adult female person (as opposed to a man))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mistress"):

chachka; tchotchke ((Yiddish) a mistress)

concubine; courtesan; doxy; odalisque; paramour (a woman who cohabits with an important man)

Instance hyponyms:

Braun; Eva Braun (the German mistress of Adolf Hitler (1910-1945))

Delilah ((Old Testament) the Philistine mistress of Samson who betrayed him by cutting off his hair and so deprived him of his strength)


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Meaning:

A woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

schoolma'am; schoolmarm; schoolmistress; mistress

Hypernyms ("mistress" is a kind of...):

school teacher; schoolteacher (a teacher in a school below the college level)


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Meaning:

A woman master who directs the work of others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("mistress" is a kind of...):

employer (a person or firm that employs workers)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mistress"):

chatelaine (the mistress of a chateau or large country house)


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