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[skool-mis-tris] /ˈskulˌmɪs trɪs/
a woman who presides over or teaches in a school.
Origin of schoolmistress
1490-1500; school1 + mistress
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A thunderstorm occurred in the evening, and Mrs. Roach, a schoolmistress at Wroxham, was killed by lightning.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • The schoolmistress waited for another minute, smoothing the curls.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • Best and worst of all was the five-page summary, in schoolmistress English, of "The Newcomes."

  • He had also bribed the schoolmistress to tell the same story.

    Pickwickian Studies Percy Fitzgerald
  • Then she went off to Miss Martineau, invading the schoolmistress in the sacred hour when she was engaged with her pupils.

    The Palace Beautiful L. T. Meade
  • Do you mean that her schoolmistress does not find her tractable?

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • If the schoolmistress could once win him she would have a pupil to be proud of.

    Landseer Estelle M. Hurll
  • The schoolmistress interfered, said it was not proper, and so on; forbade it.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • On reaching the building, her knock was answered by the schoolmistress herself, who civilly asked her commands.

    The Widow Barnaby Frances Trollope
  • The schoolmistress bowed solemnly, and allowed the girl to depart.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
British Dictionary definitions for schoolmistress


a woman who teaches in or runs a school
Derived Forms
schoolmistressy, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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