Definition of "master" []

  • One that has control over another or others. (noun)
  • The owner or keeper of an animal: The dog ran toward its master. (noun)
  • The owner of a slave. (noun)
  • One who has control over or ownership of something: the master of a large tea plantation. (noun)
  • The captain of a merchant ship. Also called master mariner. (noun)
  • The man in authority, such as the head of a household, the employer of servants, or the owner of slaves or animals (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A person with exceptional skill at a certain thing (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A great artist, esp an anonymous but influential artist (noun)
  • A person who has complete control of a situation (noun)
  • An abstract thing regarded as having power or influence (noun)
  • A workman or craftsman fully qualified to practise his trade and to train others in it (noun)
  • An original copy, stencil, tape, etc, from which duplicates are made (noun)
  • A player of a game, esp chess or bridge, who has won a specified number of tournament games (noun)
  • The principal of some colleges (noun)
  • A highly regarded teacher or leader whose religion or philosophy is accepted by followers (noun)
  • A graduate holding a master's degree (noun)
  • The chief executive officer aboard a merchant ship (noun)
  • A person presiding over a function, organization, or institution (noun)
  • A male teacher (noun)
  • An officer of the Supreme Court of Judicature subordinate to a judge (noun)
  • The superior person or side in a contest (noun)
  • A machine or device that operates to control a similar one (noun)
  • The heir apparent of a Scottish viscount or baron (noun)
  • Overall or controlling (noun)
  • Designating a device or mechanism that controls others (noun)
  • Main; principal (noun)
  • To become thoroughly proficient in (verb)
  • To overcome; defeat (verb)
  • To rule or control as master (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "master" in a sentence
  • "What General Meade wrote in May, “We must expect disaster so long as the armies are not under one master mind, ”32 Lincoln knew perfectly well, and gladly would he have devolved the military conduct of affairs on one man could he have found that “master mind” for whom he made a painful quest during almost two years."
  • "We were almost entire strangers to each other; for, when I knew him at the house of my old master, it was not as a _master_, but simply as "Captain Auld," who had married old master's daughter."
  • "The Colonization Society are always reminding us that the _master_ has rights as well as the slave: The Anti-Slavery Society urge us to remember that the _slave_ has rights as well as the master."