mistress:1. A woman in a position of authority, one who rules others or has control, authority, power, or ownership over something.
2. The female head of a household or institution.
3. In Britain, a female schoolteacher or tutor .
4. A woman who has continuing sexual-intercourse with and is supported by a man who is not her husband , but more often the husband of another woman .
SYNONYMS: bachelor's-wife ; canary ; columbine ; convenient ; concubine ; courtesan ; doxy ; fancy-woman ; fresh-bit ; jellyroll ; kept-woman ; keptie ; lady-bird ; left-handed-wife ; leman ; paramour ; peculiar ; secondary wife ; side-dish ; spare-rib ; stud-mare ; Sunday-girl ; unofficial-wife ; wife-in-watercolors .
5. More rarely, a sweetheart .
6. In BDSM, a woman owner of a slave ; a slavemaster or slavemistress. Mistress is a courtesy title and courtesy titles such as countess , domina ; marquesa , lady , mistress, mistresse, princess , and queen , are usually followed by a name. Examples: Mistress Pain; Countess Storm.
See Also: 24/7/365, act, act of darkness, American by injection, bachelor's wife, bitch goddess, blowen, body slave, canary, charge, charleys, charlies, circle, columbine, concubine, convenient, countess, courtesan, dame, Delilah, discipliness, dolly, dolly-mop, dominant bitch, dominatrix, domme, doxy, Dulcinea, fancy woman, female dom, female dominant, female dominator, femdom, fresh bit, gangster's moll, goddess, gun moll, jam-tart, jellyroll, keeping cully, kept, kept woman, keptie, lady, lady bird, lawful jam, left-handed wife, legal mate, leman, M, M/s, madam, marquesa, master, misses, missus, mistress, molly, paramour, peculiar, princess, protector, roll, scut, shack job, shack-up, side dish, spare rib, stud mare, Sunday girl, titillation, top, twenty-four seven, unofficial wife, wife in watercolors
Quotes Containing mistress:
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914): 'Marriage: a master , a mistress and two slaves, making in all two.'
Marie Antoinette (Norma Shearer) to the millner, Madame Du Barry (Gladys George), King Louis'' mistress , in Marie Antoinette (1938): ''Madam, royalty loves an occasional roll in the gutter .''
Claude Jobert (Judge Reinhold) a man with two wives and one mistress in Near Misses (1991): ''Just because bigamy is illegal doesn''t mean it''s easy.''
Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya (1897): ''A woman can become a man''s friend only in the following stages; first an acquaintance , next a mistress , and only then a friend.''
Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford) about his mistress Billie Dawn (Judy Holliday) who, after some time with a tutor to ''smarten her up'' is now smart enough to leave him in Born Yesterday (1950): ''I love that broad . Do you think we could find someone to make her dumb again?'' He also says, on a philosophical tone: ''A broad is a broad!''
Rupert of Hentzau (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) to Antoinette de Mauban, Black Michael''s mistress (Mary Astor) in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937): ''Somebody once called fidelity a fading woman''s greatest weapon , a charming woman''s greatest hypocrisy.''
Iram Katourian (Jack Lemmon) talking to his mistress Irene (Joanna Gleason) about his wife Millie (Talia Shire) in For Richer, For Poorer (1992): - Irene: ''Iram, do you really think that your money has anything to do with Millie''s sex drive?'' - Iram: ''Oh, absolutely. You''ve heard the phrase: power is an aphrodisiac? That applies to marriage especially. See, a poor man has tremendous power over his wife . She needs him. Without his support, her, the kids... she humps the hell out of him. The richer a man is the less his wife is depending upon him, the less power he has over her and the less sexy he becomes to her. It''s a law of nature.'' - Irene: ''Horniness equals dependence times poverty squared.''
Iram Katourian (Jack Lemmon) talking to his mistress Irene (Joanna Gleason) about his wife Millie (Talia Shire) in For Richer, For Poorer (1992): - Irene: 'Iram, do you really think that your money has anything to do with Millie's sex drive?' - Iram: 'Oh, absolutely. You've heard the phrase: power is an aphrodisiac? That applies to marriage especially. See, a poor man has tremendous power over his wife . She needs him. Without his support, her, the kids... she humps the hell out of him. The richer a man is the less his wife is depending upon him, the less power he has over her and the less sexy he becomes to her. It's a law of nature.' - Irene: 'Horniness equals dependence times poverty squared.'
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