master Definition

  • 1a person who has control or power over others
  • 2a skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity

Using master: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "master" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The master of the house greeted us warmly.

  • Example

    He is a master of martial arts.

  • Example

    She has become a master of the violin.

  • Example

    The dog was obedient to its master.

master Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for master

Idioms Using master

  • have control over one's own life and future


    She decided to start her own business and be a master of her own destiny.

  • jack-of-all-trades, master of none

    a person who has many skills but is not an expert in any of them


    He can do many things, but he's a jack-of-all-trades, master of none.

  • try to please two people or groups with conflicting interests


    It's impossible to serve two masters; you have to choose one or the other.

Phrases with master

  • a comprehensive plan that outlines a long-term strategy for achieving a goal


    The company's master plan for expansion includes opening new branches in several countries.

  • a key that opens all the locks in a set, typically used by maintenance personnel or building managers


    The janitor had a master key that allowed him to enter any room in the building.

  • the original version of a document or recording from which copies are made


    The master copy of the manuscript is kept in a secure location.

Origins of master

from Old English 'mægester', meaning 'chief, teacher'


Summary: master in Brief

The term 'master' [ˈmæstər] refers to a person who has control or power over others, as in 'The master of the house greeted us warmly,' or a skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity, as in 'He is a master of martial arts.' It extends into phrases like 'master plan,' and idioms like 'be a master of one's own destiny,' denoting control over one's life, and 'jack-of-all-trades, master of none,' implying a lack of expertise.

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