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Mistress vs. Madam

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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.’;

Madamnoun

A polite form of address for a woman or lady.

‘Mrs Grey wondered if the outfit she was trying on made her look fat. The sales assistant just said, “It suits you, madam”.’; ‘Later, Mrs Grey was sitting in her favourite tea shop. “Would madam like the usual cream cakes and patisserie with her tea?” the waitress asked.’;

Mistressnoun

A female teacher.

‘games mistress’;

Madamnoun

The mistress of a household.

Mistressnoun

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

Madamnoun

(colloquial) A conceited or quarrelsome girl.

‘Selina kept pushing and shoving during musical chairs. The nursery school teacher said she was a bad-tempered little madam.’;

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Mistressnoun

A dominatrix.

Madamnoun

(slang) A woman who runs a brothel, particularly one that specializes in finding prostitutes for rich and important clients.

‘After she grew too old to work as a prostitute, she became a madam.''’;

Mistressnoun

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

Madamverb

(transitive) To address as "madam".

Mistressnoun

A woman regarded with love and devotion; a sweetheart.

Madamnoun

A gentlewoman; - an appellation or courteous form of address given to a lady, especially an elderly or a married lady; - much used in the address, at the beginning of a letter, to a woman. The corresponding word in addressing a man is Sir; often abbreviated ma'am when used as a term of address.

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Mistressnoun

(Scotland) A married woman; a wife.

Madamnoun

The woman who is in charge of a household.

Mistressnoun

(obsolete) The jack in the game of bowls.

Madamnoun

The woman who is in charge of a brothel.

Mistressnoun

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

Madamnoun

a woman of refinement;

‘a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady’;

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Mistressverb

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

Madamnoun

a woman who runs a house of prostitution

Mistressverb

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

Madam

Madam (), or madame ( or ), is a polite and formal form of address for women, often contracted to ma'am (pronounced in American English and in British English). The term derives from the French madame (French pronunciation: ​[maˈdam]); in French, ma dame literally means .

‘my lady’;

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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