Meaning of MASTER in English


I. ˈmas-tər noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English magister & Anglo-French meistre, both from Latin magister; akin to Latin magnus large — more at much

Date: before 12th century



(1) : a male teacher

(2) : a person holding an academic degree higher than a bachelor's but lower than a doctor's

b. often capitalized : a revered religious leader

c. : a worker or artisan qualified to teach apprentices


(1) : an artist, performer, or player of consummate skill

(2) : a great figure of the past (as in science or art) whose work serves as a model or ideal


a. : one having authority over another : ruler , governor

b. : one that conquers or masters : victor , superior

in the new challenger the champion found his master

c. : a person licensed to command a merchant ship


(1) : one having control

(2) : an owner especially of a slave or animal

e. : the employer especially of a servant


(1) dialect : husband

(2) : the male head of a household



(1) archaic : Mr.

(2) : a youth or boy too young to be called mister — used as a title

b. : the eldest son of a Scottish viscount or baron


a. : a presiding officer in an institution or society (as a college)

b. : any of several officers of court appointed to assist (as by hearing and reporting) a judge


a. : a master mechanism or device

b. : an original from which copies can be made ; especially : a master recording (as a magnetic tape)

• mas·ter·ship -ˌship noun

II. adjective

Date: 12th century

: being or relating to a master: as

a. : having chief authority : dominant

b. : skilled , proficient

a prosperous master builder — Current Biography

c. : principal , predominant

d. : superlative — often used in combination

a master -liar

e. : being a device or mechanism that controls the operation of another mechanism or that establishes a standard (as a dimension or weight)

f. : being or relating to a master from which duplicates are made

III. transitive verb

( mas·tered ; mas·ter·ing -t(ə-)riŋ)

Date: 13th century

1. : to become master of : overcome

master ed his fears


a. : to become skilled or proficient in the use of

master a foreign language

b. : to gain a thorough understanding of

had master ed every aspect of publishing — Current Biography

3. : to produce a master recording of (as a musical rendition)

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.