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mistressnoun

uk   /ˈmɪs.trəs/  us   /ˈmɪs.trəs/
  • mistress noun (WOMAN IN CONTROL)

[S or U] old-fashioned a woman who has control over or responsibility for someone or something: I'll inform the mistress (of the house) of your arrival, madam. She intends to remain mistress of (= in charge of) her own life when she gets married.
[C] UK old-fashioned a female school teacher: She got a good report from her German mistress.
[C] old-fashioned a female owner of a dog
  • mistress noun (SEXUAL PARTNER)

[C] a woman who is having a sexual relationship with a married man: Edward VII and his mistress, Lillie Langtry
(Definition of mistress from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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mistressnoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɪs·trəs/
a woman who has a sexual relationship over a long period of time with a man who is not her husband
(Definition of mistress from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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