AskDefine | Define master

Dictionary Definition



1 an artist of consummate skill; "a master of the violin"; "one of the old masters" [syn: maestro]
2 a person who has general authority over others [syn: overlord, lord]
3 a combatant who is able to defeat rivals [syn: victor, superior]
4 directs the work of other
5 presiding officer of a school [syn: headmaster, schoolmaster]
6 an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made [syn: master copy, original]
7 an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship [syn: captain, sea captain, skipper]
8 someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution
9 an authority qualified to teach apprentices [syn: professional]
10 key that secures entrance everywhere [syn: passkey, passe-partout, master key]


1 be or become completely proficient or skilled in; "She mastered Japanese in less than two years" [syn: get the hang]
2 get on top of; deal with successfully; "He overcame his shyness" [syn: overcome, get over, subdue, surmount]
3 have dominance or the power to defeat over; "Her pain completely mastered her"; "The methods can master the problems" [syn: dominate]
4 have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; "Do you control these data?" [syn: control]

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. someone who has control over something or someone
  2. owner of an animal or slave
  3. the captain of a merchant ship; a master mariner
  4. someone who employs others
  5. an expert at something
  6. a tradesman who is qualified to teach apprentices
  7. a skilled artist
  8. a courtesy title of a man; mister
  9. a courtesy title for a boy
  10. the original of a document or of a recording
  11. In the context of "Filmology": The primary wide shot of a scene, into which the closeups will be edited later.


someone who has control over something or someone
  • Bulgarian: господар
  • Croatian: gospodar
  • Filipino: amo
  • Finnish: isäntä
  • French: maître
  • Polish: władca
  • Portuguese: mestre
  • Romanian: stăpân
  • Slovene: gospodar
  • Spanish: amo
  • Tagalog: amo
  • Turkish: komodor
owner of an animal or slave
  • Croatian: gospodar
  • Filipino: amo
  • Finnish: isäntä
  • Polish: pan, pani
  • Portuguese: dono, proprietário, senhor
  • Romanian: stăpân, proprietar
  • Slovene: gospodar
  • Spanish: amo
  • Tagalog: amo
  • Turkish: efendi
the captain of a merchant ship
someone who employs others
  • Filipino: Bossing(colloquial), amo(common), compatron(obsolete)
  • Finnish: isäntä, työnantaja
  • Polish: kapitan
  • Portuguese: patrão
  • Spanish: patrón
  • Tagalog: Bossing(colloquial), amo(common), compatron(obsolete)
  • Turkish: usta, işveren
an expert at something
a tradesman who is qualified to teach apprentices
a courtesy title of a man
  • Finnish: herra
  • German: Meister
  • Polish: pan (usually capitalized)
  • Portuguese: senhor
  • Spanish: maese
a courtesy title for a boy
the original of a document or of a recording
Translations to be checked


  1. masterful
  2. main, principal or predominant
  3. highly skilled
  4. original


main, principal or predominant
  • Finnish: pää-
highly skilled
  • Finnish: alkuperäinen


  1. to be a master
  2. to control
  3. to learn to a high degree of proficiency


to be a master
  • Finnish: hallita
  • Romanian: stăpâni
to control
  • Dutch: controleren
  • Finnish: hallita
  • Romanian: stăpâni, conduce, controla
to learn to a high degree
  • Dutch: beheersen
  • Finnish: hallita
  • German: meistern
  • Romanian: stăpâni, excela



  1. Indefinite plural of mast

Extensive Definition

Master (a man having control or authority) or Masters may refer to:

Arts and entertainment


Ranks and titles

  • Master (judiciary), a low (or lowest, in some jurisdictions) rank of judge or judicial official
  • Master (Peerage of Scotland), the male heir-apparent or heir-presumptive to a title in the Peerage of Scotland
  • Master Aircrew, the highest non-commissioned rank held by aircrew in the Royal Air Force, equivalent to Warrant Officer in other branches
  • Master Cadet, the highest non-commissioned rank within the Sea Cadet Corps of the New Zealand Cadet Forces.
  • Master Corporal, an appointment of Corporal in the army and air force elements of the Canadian Forces
  • Master craftsman, a member of a guild
  • Master Driver, a Warrant Officer appointment in the British Army's Royal Logistic Corps
  • Master Gunner, a Warrant Officer appointment in the British Army's Royal Artillery
  • Master Mariner, the official title of someone qualified to command a ship, a nautical captain.
  • Master Seaman, an appointment of Leading Seaman in the navy element of the Canadian Forces
  • Master Sergeant, a non-commissioned officer rank in the Singapore Armed Forces and the United States Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps
  • Master tradesman, a person who has a greater level of skill than most in the licensed trades
  • Master Warrant Officer, the second highest non-commissioned rank in the army and air force elements of the Canadian Forces.
  • Master-at-arms, a naval police officer, often addressed as "Master" in the Royal Navy
  • Special master, a quasi-judicial legal officer
  • Master or Worshipful Master, the presiding officer of a Masonic Lodge
  • Sailing Master, the warrant officer responsible for the navigation and steering of a sailing vessel during the Age of Sail.
  • Jedi master, a rank in the fictional Star Wars Jedi Order


Proper names


The surname Masters is of Norman origin and it is thought that it is probably an anglicized form of the French Maystres, Maystre, or Maistre.


Other uses

  • Gangmaster, a person who provides workers for agricultural purposes.
  • Master-slave (technology), one device controlling the operation of other devices.
  • Master, the original of a document or other copied item.
  • Master recording, the original of a recording.
  • Master Bates, an infamous slavemaster who murdered 1000 slaves before the Civil War.
master in German: Master (Begriffsklärung)
master in French: Master
master in Italian: Master
master in Japanese: マスター
master in Norwegian: Masters
master in Portuguese: Master
master in Russian: Мастер (значения)
master in Swedish: Husbonde
master in Yiddish: הער
master in Vietnamese: Thạc sĩ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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judge, pundit, pup, puppy, put down, quartermaster, quell, rabbi, raiser, ranking, read, realize, realizer, recorder, rector, reduce, regnant, regulating, regulative, regulatory, reigning, rentier, repress, ride down, rishi, rule, rule the roost, ruler, ruling, runner-up, sage, sailing master, sapient, savant, savvy, scholar, schoolboy, schoolkeeper, schoolmaster, schoolteacher, second mate, seer, seize, seize the meaning, senior, sense, shaper, shipmaster, shoo-in, sire, skilled, skilled hand, skillful, skipper, smash, smith, sonny, sonny boy, sovereign, squire, stabile, star, starets, statue, stellar, still life, study, subdue, subduer, subjugate, subjugator, supereminent, superintendent, superior, superman, superstar, supervisor, suppress, supreme, sure winner, surmount, take, take in, take the lead, tame, taskmaster, teacher, technician, the Old Man, the greatest, the most, thinker, throw, titleholder, top dog, topflight, topmost, topnotcher, trample down, trample underfoot, tread underfoot, triumph, triumpher, tutor, twist, tyrannize, understand, unman, uppermost, vanquish, vanquisher, vice-chancellor, victor, virtu, virtuoso, watch officer, wear the pants, whelp, whiz, winner, wise man, wise old man, wizard, work, work of art, wright, young man, youth
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