Definition of headmistress in English:



  • (especially in private schools) the woman in charge of a school; the principal.

    • ‘The creamy walls of both floors were lined with paintings of old headmasters and headmistresses, bowls of fruit, Paris operas, and fairy tale adventures.’
    • ‘Louisa Barrett is the beautiful blonde headmistress of the watery city's only girls' prep school, and an ideal amateur detective.’
    • ‘She had picked up his weaved basket and now began picking out the carrots that were big enough to do for he old headmistress's liking.’
    • ‘Sent to Allenswood school in England at fifteen, Eleanor was inspired by headmistress Marie Souvestre.’
    • ‘The school's headmistress, Karima Hassan Ahmad, says with fresh paint, new supplies and a place to display their artwork, they're expressing themselves like never before.’
    • ‘Huxley also typed in the advances Bernard makes to Eton's headmistress during the showing of the Penitentes film.’
    • ‘To truly understand what is taking place, we must go back ten years, when the school's headmistress was only thirteen years of age.’
    • ‘It happened that Hone was educated in a school, strange to say, whose headmistress was a Wesleyan.’
    • ‘They even got me to stop complaining about the silliness of a peasant girl learning to read by enlisting the aid of Mistress Sherath, the mage who served as the school's headmistress.’
    • ‘Anna was the headmistress of a boarding school, her senses and ability to catch children in the wrong were quite well exercised.’
    • ‘I didn't want to hear that this was the headmistress of Beth's school; the one that kept her from us at Thanksgiving.’
    • ‘What drives the narrative besides the twins' twin voices are the fractured testimonies of those who have known them all their lives, including their Nan and headmistress and a doctor who treats them and one of their brothers.’
    • ‘Inside, headmistress Ibistam Mahdi cuts a yellow ribbon, and thanks the men through a translator.’
    • ‘Anna was Windstone's headmistress, he didn't need any specific grades to get in as long as she thought he was ready.’
    • ‘Jack faltered in her charge towards her headmistress: you didn't want to mess with her when she was busy.’
    • ‘And there is actually in the book, there's a true story from first headmistress of a school we went to when we were very young.’
    • ‘Suddenly there was a knock on the door and the small, stern headmistress stepped in.’
    • ‘One of Rogers's earliest moves as headmistress was to revise the school's awards policy.’
    • ‘All of their successors have been women, including one lesbian headmistress who is now retired and living with the school's head French teacher.’
    • ‘I had to beg Michael to delay his trip and it took a good while to convince the headmistress at Jenny's school to allow her yet another week away from school, but in the end I had both my brother and my best friend with me on my wedding day.’
    leader, chief, boss, controller, master, supervisor, governor, superintendent, foreman, forewoman, headman
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