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Mistress vs. Girlfriend

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Mistressnoun

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

‘She was the mistress of the estate-mansion, and owned the horses.’;

Girlfriendnoun

A female partner in an unmarried romantic relationship.

‘Marc went to the park with his girlfriend and watched the sunset with her.’;

Mistressnoun

A female teacher.

‘games mistress’;

Girlfriendnoun

A female friend.

‘Mary always enjoyed hanging out with her girlfriend Jessica.’;

Mistressnoun

The other woman in an extramarital relationship, generally including sexual relations.

Girlfriendnoun

any female friend; as, Mary and her girlfriend organized the party.

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Mistressnoun

A dominatrix.

Girlfriendnoun

a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved; as, his girlfriend kicked him out.

Mistressnoun

A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it.

Girlfriendnoun

any female friend;

‘Mary and her girlfriend organized the party’;

Mistressnoun

A woman regarded with love and devotion; a sweetheart.

Girlfriendnoun

a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved;

‘his girlfriend kicked him out’;

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Mistressnoun

(Scotland) A married woman; a wife.

Girlfriendnoun

a person's regular female companion with whom they have a romantic or sexual relationship

‘he lives with his girlfriend’;

Mistressnoun

(obsolete) The jack in the game of bowls.

Girlfriendnoun

a woman's female friend

‘she would rather go to the cinema with a girlfriend’;

Mistressnoun

A female companion to a master a man with control, authority or ownership

Girlfriend

A girlfriend is a female friend or acquaintance, often a regular female companion with whom one is platonic, romantically or sexually involved. This is normally a short-term committed relationship, where other titles (e.g., wife or partner) are more commonly used for long-term relationships.

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Mistressverb

Of a woman: to master; to learn or develop to a high degree of proficiency.

Mistressverb

(intransitive) To act or take the role of a mistress.

Mistressnoun

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!’;

Mistressnoun

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.’;

Mistressnoun

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

Mistressnoun

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.

Mistressnoun

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).’;

Mistressnoun

A married woman; a wife.

‘Several of the neighboring mistresses had assembled to witness the event of this memorable evening.’;

Mistressnoun

The old name of the jack at bowls.

Mistressverb

To wait upon a mistress; to be courting.

Mistressnoun

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

Mistressnoun

a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)

Mistressnoun

a woman master who directs the work of others

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