Definition of Master in English :

Define Master in English

Master meaning in English

Meaning of Master in English

Pronunciation of Master in English

Master pronunciation in English

Pronounce Master in English


see synonyms of master


1. maestro, master

an artist of consummate skill

Example Sentences:
'a master of the violin'
'one of the old masters'

2. lord, master, overlord

a person who has general authority over others

3. master, superior, victor

a combatant who is able to defeat rivals

4. master

directs the work of others

5. headmaster, master, schoolmaster

presiding officer of a school

6. master, master copy, original

an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made

7. captain, master, sea captain, skipper

an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship

8. master

someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution

9. master, professional

an authority qualified to teach apprentices

10. master, master key, passe-partout, passkey

key that secures entrance everywhere


11. get the hang, master

be or become completely proficient or skilled in

Example Sentences:
'She mastered Japanese in less than two years'

12. get over, master, overcome, subdue, surmount

get on top of; deal with successfully

Example Sentences:
'He overcame his shyness'

13. dominate, master

have dominance or the power to defeat over

Example Sentences:
'Her pain completely mastered her'
'The methods can master the problems'

14. control, master

have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of

Example Sentences:
'Do you control these data?'


15. chief, main, master, primary, principal

most important element

Example Sentences:
'the chief aim of living'
'the main doors were of solid glass'
'the principal rivers of America'
'the principal example'
'policemen were primary targets'
'the master bedroom'
'a master switch'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of master
the man in authority, such as the head of a household, the employer of servants, or the owner of slaves or animals
▶ Related adjective: magistral
a person with exceptional skill at a certain thing
a master of the violin
(as modifier)
a master thief
3. (often capital)
a great artist, esp an anonymous but influential artist
a person who has complete control of a situation
an abstract thing regarded as having power or influence
they regarded fate as the master of their lives
a workman or craftsman fully qualified to practise a trade and to train others in it
(as modifier)
master carpenter
an original copy, stencil, tape, etc, from which duplicates are made
(as modifier)
master copy
a player of a game, esp chess or bridge, who has won a specified number of tournament games
the principal of some colleges
a highly regarded teacher or leader whose religion or philosophy is accepted by followers
a graduate holding a master's degree
the chief executive officer aboard a merchant ship
a person presiding over a function, organization, or institution
13. mainly British
a male teacher
an officer of the Supreme Court of Judicature subordinate to a judge
the superior person or side in a contest
a machine or device that operates to control a similar one
17. (often capital)
the heir apparent of a Scottish viscount or baron
18. (modifier)
overall or controlling
master plan
19. (modifier)
designating a device or mechanism that controls others
master switch
20. (modifier)
main; principal
master bedroom
21.  the master
verb (transitive)
to become thoroughly proficient in
to master the art of driving
to overcome; defeat
to master your emotions
to rule or control as master
a title of address placed before the first name or surname of a boy
a respectful term of address, esp as used by disciples when addressing or referring to a religious teacher
3.  an archaic equivalent of Mr

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see synonyms of master
a man who rules others or has control, authority, or power over something
; specif.,
a man who is head of a household or institution
an employer
one who owns a slave or an animal
the captain of a merchant ship
the one that excels in a contest, skill, etc.; victor or superior
f.  Chiefly British
a male schoolteacher or tutor
a person whose teachings in religion, philosophy, etc. one follows or professes to follow
h.  [M-]; Epithet
Jesus Christ
, with our, the, etc.
something regarded as having control, power, etc.
a person very skilled and able in some work, profession, science, etc.; expert
; specif.,
a highly skilled workman or craftsman qualified to follow his or her trade independently and, usually, to supervise the work of others
an artist regarded as great
c.  Games and Sport
a person recognized as having achieved the highest degree of skill
chess master, golf master
4.  [M-]
a title variously applied to
a.  Archaic
any man or youth
now superseded by the variant Mister, usually written Mr. when placed before the name
a boy regarded as too young to be addressed as Mr.
a man who heads some institution, group, activity, or place
in Scotland, the heir apparent of a viscount or baron
a metal matrix or mold made from the original recording and used to produce phonograph records in quantity
a completed tape recording used to produce discs, cassettes, etc. for sale
6.  Law
any of several court officers appointed to assist the judge by hearing evidence, reporting on certain matters, etc.
being a master
of a master
chief; main; controlling; specif., designating a mechanism or contrivance that controls others or sets a standard or norm
a master switch, a master test sheet
verb transitive
to become master of; control, conquer, etc.
11.  Rare
to rule or govern as master
to become an expert in (an art, science, etc.)
to make a master (sense 5) of

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see synonyms of master
1. One that has control over another person, a group of persons, or a thing, especially:
a. The owner or keeper of an animal: The dog ran toward its master.
b. The owner of a slave.
c. One who has control over or ownership of something: the master of a large tea plantation.
d. An employer.
e. The man who serves as the head of a household.
f. One who defeats another; a victor: I had to admit that I had met my master and so conceded the game.
g. One who acts out the role of the dominating partner in a sadomasochistic relationship.
2. The captain of a merchant ship. Also called master mariner.
a. One whose teachings or doctrines are accepted by followers.
b. Master Christianity Jesus.
4. A male teacher, schoolmaster, or tutor.
5. One who holds a master's degree.
a. An artist or performer of great and exemplary skill.
b. An old master.
7. A worker qualified to teach apprentices and carry on the craft independently.
8. An expert: a master of three languages.
9. Abbr. M.
a. Used formerly as a title for a man holding a naval office ranking next below a lieutenant on a warship.
b. Used as a title for a man who serves as the head or presiding officer of certain societies, clubs, orders, or institutions.
c. Master Used as a title for any of various male officers having specified duties concerning the management of the British royal household.
d. Master Used as a courtesy title before the given or full name of a boy not considered old enough to be addressed as Mister.
e. Archaic Used as a form of address for a man; mister.
10. One who is appointed to assist a court in the performance of certain legal functions, such as the taking of testimony and calculating damages in complex litigation. Also called special master.
11. Master A man who owns a pack of hounds or is the chief officer of a hunt.
12. An original, such as an original document or audio recording, from which copies can be made.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a master.
2. Principal or predominant: a master plot.
3. Controlling all other parts of a mechanism: a master switch.
4. Highly skilled or proficient: a master thief.
5. Being an original from which copies are made.
tr.v. mas·tered, mas·ter·ing, mas·ters
1. To become very skilled in or knowledgeable about: mastered the language in a year's study.
2. To overcome or defeat: He finally mastered his addiction to drugs.
3. To produce a master copy of (an audio or video recording, for example).

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