AskDefine | Define mastership

Dictionary Definition

mastership n : the position of master

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The state of office of a master.
  2. Mastery; dominion; superior skill; superiority.
  3. Chief work; masterpiece
  4. A ironical title of respect.



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.
mastership in German: Master (Begriffsklärung)
mastership in French: Master
mastership in Italian: Master
mastership in Japanese: マスター
mastership in Norwegian: Masters
mastership in Portuguese: Master
mastership in Russian: Мастер (значения)
mastership in Swedish: Husbonde
mastership in Yiddish: הער
mastership in Vietnamese: Thạc sĩ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ability, acme, address, adeptness, adroitness, aedileship, airmanship, archbishopric, archiepiscopacy, archiepiscopate, aristocracy, artfulness, artisanship, artistry, authority, authorization, be-all and end-all, bishopric, blue ribbon, bravura, brilliance, capability, capacity, captainship, chairmanship, championship, chancellery, chancellorate, chancellorship, chiefery, chiefry, chieftaincy, chieftainry, chieftainship, claws, cleverness, clutches, command, competence, consulate, consulship, control, convenership, coordination, craft, craftsmanship, cunning, custody, deanery, deftness, dexterity, dexterousness, dextrousness, dictatorship, dictature, diplomacy, directorate, directorship, domination, dominion, effectiveness, efficiency, emirate, episcopacy, expertise, expertism, expertness, facility, finesse, first place, first prize, foremanship, generalship, governorship, grace, grasp, grip, gripe, guardianship, hand, handiness, hands, headship, hegemony, height, helm, hierarchy, highest, hold, horsemanship, imperium, influence, ingeniousness, ingenuity, intendancy, iron hand, jurisdiction, kingship, knack, know-how, leadership, lordship, magistracy, magistrateship, magistrature, management, managership, marksmanship, masterdom, mastery, maximum, mayoralty, mayorship, metropolitanate, metropolitanship, most, ne plus ultra, new high, nobility, overseership, palms, papacy, paramountcy, pashadom, pashalic, patriarchate, patriarchy, pontificality, pontificate, popedom, popehood, popeship, power, practical ability, prefectship, prefecture, premiership, presidency, presidentship, primacy, prime-ministership, prime-ministry, princedom, princeship, principality, proconsulate, proconsulship, proctorship, proficiency, protectorate, protectorship, provostry, provostship, prowess, quickness, readiness, record, rectorate, rectorship, regency, regentship, reins of government, resource, resourcefulness, rule, ruling class, savoir-faire, savvy, say, seamanship, seigniory, seneschalship, seneschalsy, sheikhdom, sheriffalty, sheriffcy, sheriffdom, shrievalty, skill, skillfulness, sovereignty, stewardship, style, superintendence, superintendency, supervisorship, supremacy, suzerainship, suzerainty, sway, tact, tactfulness, talons, technical brilliance, technical mastery, technical skill, technique, timing, top spot, tribunate, virtuosity, vizierate, viziership, wit, wizardry, workmanship, zenith
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