Definition of little master in English:

little master


  • 1In plural (usually with capital initials and with the). A group of 16th-century engravers, especially in Nuremberg, who followed Albrecht Dürer and who worked small-dimension plates with biblical, mythological, and genre scenes.

  • 2In England: a self-employed artisan or manufacturer; specifically an independent worker making hardware at Birmingham and Sheffield and usually selling to a factor. Now historical.


Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From little + master.


little master

/ˌlɪtl ˈmastə//ˌlɪtl ˈmɑːstə/