Definition of maistry in English:


nounPlural maistries

  • (in South Asia) a master workman; a foreman.

    ‘they were all under the control of maistries, who unofficially acted as subcontractors’
    • ‘One contractor is trying to take shelter under the claim that his maistry, and not he, has brought the inter-state workmen.’
    • ‘But the maistry gradually clarified matters as the cart rolled on.’
    • ‘This is the head mason, or maistry, with his team of lesser maistries, beldaars and mazdoors.’
    • ‘Field staff including maistries and inspectors were deployed for duty and for monitoring the situation in various areas for immediate rectification, he said.’
    • ‘Agricultural Fieldmen and Agricultural maistries were also appointed.’
    supervisor, overseer, superintendent, manager, boss, team leader, line manager, controller
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From Portuguese mestre ‘master’.