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Mistress, 1) a woman who has command and governs; opposed to servant: “I am the m. of my fate,” Lucr. 1069. “nature, sovereign m. over wrack,” Sonn. 126, 5. “m. of his heart,” Compl. 142; Shr. IV, 2, 10. “m. of the feast,” Wint. IV, 3, 42. IV, 4, 68. “m. of the field,” H8 III, 1, 152. “the m. of our charms,” Mcb. III, 5, 6. “m. of her choice,” Hml. III, 2, 68. “opinion, a sovereign m. of effects,” Oth. I, 3, 225. “O sovereign m. of true melancholy,” Ant. IV, 9, 12. “the m. which I serve,” Tp. III, 1, 6; Merch. III, 2, 200. “my m.” Tp. II, 2, 144. III, 1, 11. III, 1, 11 III, 1, 11 III, 1, 11 Gent. IV, 4, 175. Err. I, 2, 46. Mids. II, 1, 59. III, 2, 6. LLL IV, 3, 230. “humbly called m.” All's V, 3, 19. “as full of quarrel and offence as my young --'dog,” Oth. II, 3, 53. “too low a m. for so high a servant,” Gent. II, 4, 106 etc. Used in adressing women: Gent. II, 1, 102. II, 4, 2. Err. IV, 2, 46 etc. etc. Adjectively: “the m. court of mighty Europe,” H5 II, 4, 133.
2) a female owner: I'll use thee (a picture) “kindly for thy --' sake,” Gent. IV, 4, 207. “more mirth than I am m. of,” As I, 2, 4. “more than m. of which comes to me in name of fault, I must not at all acknowledge,” Wint. III, 2, 60.
3) a woman beloved and courted: “my --' brows are raven black,” Sonn. 127, 9. 130, 1. “metamorphosed with a m.” Gent. II, 1, 32. “be not like your m.” Gent. II, 1, 32 II, 4, 88. Err. II, 2, 113. LLL IV, 3, 270. LLL IV, 3, 270 As I, 2, 257. II, 4, 38. Tw. II, 3, 40. H6B IV, 1, 143. Cor. IV, 5, 207 etc. etc.
4) a female teacher: “the art and practic part of life must be the m. to this theoric,” H5 I, 1, 52. “here she comes weeping for her only --' death,” Per. IV, 1, 11.*And == a woman well skilled in a thing: “she seems a m. to most that teach,” Wint. IV, 4, 593.
5) == lady: “from my two --es,” Wiv. III, 4, 115. “to meet some m. fine, when --es from common sense are hid,” LLL I, 1, 63. LLL I, 1, 63 “in praise of our country --es,” Cymb. I, 4, 62. == partner: “Mopsa must be your m.” Wint. IV, 4, 162.
6) a term of courtesy used in speaking of or to women (except those of high rank), indiscriminately whether they are married or not (comprising the modern Madam, Mrs., and Miss): Wiv. I, 1, 200. IV, 2, 138. Mids. I, 2, 106. III, 1, 145. Oth. II, 1, 97. IV, 1, 261. IV, 2, 27. V, 2, 183 etc. etc. Wiv. V, 5, 230. Meas. V, 282. Err. III, 2, 29. IV, 3, 81. LLL V, 2, 286 (madam, and pretty --es; i. e. the princess and her attendants). LLL V, 2, 286 Mids. III, 2, 339. Merch. II, 5, 40. As I, 3, 43. III, 4, 50. Shr. III, 2, 245. Rom. I, 5, 20. IV, 5, 1. Hml. II, 2, 444 etc. etc. Before names: Wiv. I, 1, 85. Wiv. I, 1, 85 Wiv. I, 1, 85 I, 2, 3. IV, 2, 135. Meas. II, 1, 85. H4A III, 3, 106. H4B II, 2, 166. R3 I, 1, 73 etc. Gent. IV, 4, 8. Gent. IV, 4, 8 Wiv. I, 1, 48. Wiv. I, 1, 48 Wiv. I, 1, 48 Wiv. I, 1, 48 Wiv. I, 1, 48 Meas. III, 2, 211. Err. IV, 3, 49. Ado V, 2, 1. H4B II, 2, 167 etc. Before appellatives: “m. line,” Tp. IV, 235. “m. bride,” Shr. V, 2, 42. “m. minion,” Rom. III, 5, 152. Costard and Touchstone improperly addressing so princesses: LLL IV, 1, 49. As I, 2, 60. Thersites called in contempt “M. T.:” Troil. II, 1, 39.
Used with some unkindness or contempt of or to women, from whom the affections of the speaker have been estranged: “I suspect without cause, m., do I?” Wiv. IV, 2, 138. “now, m., how chance you went not with Master Slender?” V, 5, 230. “you, m., all this coil is 'long of you,” Mids. III, 2, 339. “m., dispatch you,” As I, 3, 43. “no, proud m., hope not after it,” III, 5, 45. “m., how mean you that?” Shr. V, 2, 21. “and my young m. thus I did bespeak,” Hml. II, 2, 140. “come hither, gentle m.” Oth. I, 3, 178. IV, 1, 261. IV, 2, 27. V, 2, 183. “'tis well, m.” Per. II, 5, 18. Per. II, 5, 18
7) "the small ball at the game of bowls, now called the Jack, at which the players aim" (Nares): “so, so, rub on, and kiss the m.” Troil. III, 2, 52.
Once not inflected in the plural: “supposed them m. of his heart,” Compl. 142.
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