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Master appears in the following tongue twister:

  • John, where Peter had had "had had", had had "had";
    "had had" had had his master's approval.

Master appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Suit no regrets. A motto, Master Gerontius.
  • "Suit no regrets." A motto, Master Gerontius.
  • "Won’t I taste genocide, master?" frets a medic, "one gets at it now."
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun master:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb master:


The word master is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun master

What does master mean as a name of something?

Master is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural:

  • master: masters
  • Master: Masters

  1. an artist of consummate skill
    • examples: a master of the violin | one of the old masters
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of master: maestro
    • more generic terms: artist / creative person = a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination
    • more specific term: old master = a great European painter prior to 19th century
  2. a person who has general authority over others
  3. a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
  4. directs the work of others
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic word: employer = a person or firm that employs workers
    • more specific terms:
  5. presiding officer of a school
  6. an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of master: master copy / original
    • more generic word: creation = an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone
  7. an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
  8. someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution
  9. an authority qualified to teach apprentices
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of master: professional
    • more generic word: authority = an expert whose views are taken as definitive
    • more specific term: past master = someone who was formerly a master
  10. key that secures entrance everywhere
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of master: master key / passe-partout / passkey
    • more generic word: key = metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
    • more specific term: skeleton key = a passkey with much of the bit filed away so that it can open different locks

Alternative definition of the noun master


  1. Someone who has control over something or someone.
  2. Owner of an animal or slave.
  3. [nautical] 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. [dated] A courtesy title of a man or a boy; mister. See Master.
  9. A master's degree; a type of postgraduate degree, usually undertaken after a bachelor degree.
  10. A person holding such a degree.
  11. The original of a document or of a recording.
  12. [film] The primary wide shot of a scene, into which the closeups will be edited later.
  13. [context: legal] A parajudicial officer (such as a referee, an auditor, an examiner, or an assessor) specially appointed to help a court with its proceedings.


  1. Prefix to a boy's name.
  2. A religious teacher, often as an honorific title.
  3. A master's degree.
  4. A person holding a master's degree, as a title.
  5. The owner of a slave, in some literature.

Specialised definition of the noun master

Glossary of electronics

a mainframe that has control of other mainframes (slaves) in a serial chain

  • note: A master/slave combination has one bus address and appears as one mainframe with increased capacity.
  • synonym: master mainframe

Definition of the adjective master

What does master mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more master / most master

  1. most important element

Alternative definition of the adjective master


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

Definition of the verb master

What does master mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: mastered | mastering | masters

  1. be or become completely proficient or skilled in
  2. get on top of; deal with successfully
  3. have dominance or the power to defeat over
    • examples: Her pain completely mastered her | The methods can master the problems
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of master: dominate
    • more generic words: command / control = exercise authoritative control or power over
    • more specific words:
  4. have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of master: control
    • more generic word: know = know how to do or perform something
    • more specific word: cinch = get a grip on
    • entailment: understand = know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

Specialised definition of the verb master

Glossary of sports

to become highly competent in a skill or acquire a complete understanding of some process (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. Master is a thrash metal band from Russia, founded in 1987 by former members of Aria.
  2. Master is a death metal band formed in Chicago, USA in 1983 as the band Warcry fell apart. However, the band was put on hold due to internal problems shortly after its inception. Paul Speckmann then formed the band Death Strike, which in 1985 he renamed to Master.
    • also known as Death Strike
    • members:
    • genres: Heavy metal, Death metal
    • albums: "Master", "On the Seventh Day God Created... Master", "Collection of Souls", "Faith Is in Season", "Let's Start a War", "Pieces", "The Spirit of the West", "Four More Years of Terror", "Slaves to Society", "Unreleased 1985 Album", "Follow Your Savior", "The Human Machine", "The New Elite", "The Witchhunt", "Fuckin' Death"
    • official website:

There are other groups with in their name, like Def.Master, Fun Master, War Master, Page Master, Dream Master, Great Master, Master C & J, Metal Master, Nh2 Master D, Space Master, Master Program, Nh2 Master D, nh2 + master d, skail master m, Los Master Plus, Master's Hammer, The Master Plan, Bunny Master DJs, Master's Lantern and The Master's Men.


  1. Master a.k.a. Craig Taubman: Craig Reid Taubman is an American singer/songwriter and music producer based in Los Angeles, California. Through his independent label/production office, Craig 'N Company, he has produced 11 albums. He is also the executive producer of the Celebrate Series, 12 Jewish-themed compilation albums with titles like Celebrate Hip Hop and Celebrate Passover.
  2. Master a.k.a. Bojan Adamič a.k.a. Master, Slovene Partisans nom de guerre Gregor, was a well-known Slovene composer of jazz, the Slovenian song festival music, and particularly film scores. He was also an avid photographer, interested particularly in carnival figures from Ptuj.

There are other people with in their name, like Jay Master, Jim Master, Master Abu, Master Dji, Master Gee, Master Joe, Master Nam, Master Red, Master Sun and many others.


  1. "Master": Мастер is the first studio album by Russian thrash metal band Master. This album has sold over one million copies.
  2. "Master" a.k.a. "Yeah Yeah Yeahs": Yeah Yeah Yeahs is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' self-titled debut EP, released in 2001 by the band's own label, Shifty. It is sometimes incorrectly called Master due to the prominence of a necklace bearing that word on the album's cover. It reached #1 on the UK Indie Chart.
  3. "Master" is a musical album of Drums Are for Parades.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  4. "Master" is a musical album of Master.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  5. "Master" is a musical single of Interlace.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  6. "Master" is a musical album of Teeth of the Sea.
    • released on
  7. "Master" is a musical album of The Tremeloes.
    • released in (45 years ago)


"Master" is a 1997 Telugu film directed by Suresh Krishna and produced by Allu Aravind. Mega Star Chiranjeevi played the lead role as Sakshi Sivanand, Puneet Issar, and Sathya Prakash played other roles. Music was composed by Deva while cinematography was handled by Chota K. Naidu. This is first recording dts sound system film in Telugu cinima industry.


  1. The Master is a fictional character on the action-horror/fantasy television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is a centuries-old vampire portrayed by Mark Metcalf, determined to open the portal to hell below Sunnydale High School in the fictional town of Sunnydale where the main character Buffy Summers lives. The premise of the series is that Buffy is a Slayer, a teenage girl endowed with superhuman strength and other powers which she uses to kill vampires and other evil beings. Each season of the series Buffy and the small group of family and friends who work with her, nicknamed the Scooby Gang, must defeat an evil force referred to as the Big Bad; the villain is usually trying to bring on an apocalypse. The Master is the first season's Big Bad.
  2. The Master is the prime antagonist and final boss in the original Fallout post-apocalyptic role-playing video game. He was also supposed to be the villain of the Interplay Films' cancelled Fallout film treatment.
  3. Master a.k.a. The Master: Master is a fictional character from the novel The Master and Margarita by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov.
  4. Master is a fictional character from the 2011 film Dragon.
  5. Master is a fictional film character.
  6. Master is a fictional character from the 2009 film McDull, Kung Fu Kindergarten.
  7. Master a.k.a. Shishou is a fictional character from 2003 anime series Kino's Journey.
  8. Master is a fictional character from the anime series Witch Hunter Robin.
    • also known as Yuji Kobari
  9. Master a.k.a. Masterji is a fictional character from the 2010 film Dabangg.
  10. Master is a fictional character from the 2011 film Abu, Son of Adam.
  11. Master is a fictional character from the film The Women From The Sea.
  12. Master is a fictional character from the TV Program Kisarazu Cat's Eye.
    • also known as 岡林 シンゴ
  13. Master is a film character from the 1997 film Noiseman Sound Insect.
  14. Master is a fictional character in the 1978 film Krabat – The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
  15. Master is a fictional character from the 1999 anime TV series Trouble Chocolate.
  16. Master is a fictional character from the 1975 film Mere Sajna.
  17. Master is a fictional character from the 1971 film Gambler.
  18. Master is a fictional film character.
  19. Master is a fictional character from the 1951 film Tom Brown's Schooldays.
  20. Master is a fictional character from 1987 Japanese anime TV series Kimagure Orange Road.
  21. Master is a fictional character from the 1995 film Memories.
  22. Master is a fictional character from the book Numbering all the bones.
  23. Master is a fictional character from the 1975 film Ponga Pandit.
  24. Master is a fictional character from the 2011 film Zokkomon.
  25. Master is a fictional character from the 2011 film Silver Case.
  26. Master is a fictional character from Johar-Mehmood in Goa.
  27. Master is a fictional character from the 1975 film Samna.
  28. Master is a fictional character from the 1975 film Salaakhen.
  29. Master is fictional character from the 2013 film I Don't Wanna Die.
  30. Master is a fictional character from the 1956 film C.I.D.

There are other characters with in their name, like Master M, Master's, Master Lee, Master Lei, Master Man, Master Nam, Master Sun, Master Tei, Old Master, Band Master, Game Master, Hard Master, Head Master, Head-Master, Master Chef, Master Khan, Master Mold, Master Yupa, Prop Master.


  1. The master, or sailing master, was a historic term for a naval officer trained in and responsible for the navigation of a sailing vessel. The rank can be equated to a professional seaman and specialist in navigation, rather than as a military commander.
  2. Master is an English honorific for boys and young men.
  3. Master: A Master is judicial officer found in the courts of England and in numerous other jurisdictions based on the common law tradition. A master's jurisdiction is generally confined to civil proceedings and is a subset of that of a judge. Masters are typically involved in hearing motions, case management, dispute resolution or adjudication of specific issues referred by judges. Their functions would otherwise fall to the judges of the court.
  4. Master is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It forms a trilogy with Omega and Davros to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the show. It features the Seventh Doctor as its main character.
  5. Master: The heir apparent or heir presumptive to a Scottish peerage is known as a Master, or Mistress if the heir is female.
  6. Master is a job title.

Phrases with Master

Phrases starting with the word Master:

  1. Master's
  2. master key
  3. master copy
  4. Master Cube
  5. Master data
  6. master file
  7. master plan
  8. master race
  9. master class

Phrases ending with the word Master:

  1. old master
  2. four-master
  3. Game Master
  4. Jedi Master
  5. past master
  6. chess master
  7. dance master
  8. drill master
  9. games-master
  10. Grand Master
  11. House Master

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Master

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Google previewZondervan 2010 Pastor's Annual (2009)

An Idea and Resource Book by T. T. Crabtree

The Bible identifies Nicodemus as “a master of Israel” (John 3:10). Some call Nicodemus a rabbi; others call him a theological professor. The word master means a teacher.

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

MSN MIRT: Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy MIS: management information system MIS: medical information system MISM: master of information systems management ML: management latitude MLF: maximum foreseeable ...

Google previewA Complete and Universal English Dictionary (1799)

Including ... I. An Explanation of Difficult Words and Technical Terms ... II. A Pronouncing Dictionary ... : to the Whole is Added a Chronological Series of Remarkable Events ... by James Barclay (Curate of Edmonton.)

Jo N Es, Master of the Free School, ...

Google previewDickens Dictionary (2004)

by Rodney Dale

Master. Humphrey's. Clock. Dickens started a miscellany under this title in April 1840, which was to be issued in weekly numbers, at three pence each, and which was to consist of short, detached papers, with occasional continuous stories.

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Quotes about Master

Does killing make you satisfied?
War Master
Does killing make you happy?
War Master
If one dies why do you have to make more die?
War Master
Why do you not answer me?
War Master (Devin Weseen)
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Scrabble value of M3A1S1T1E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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