master

The original of something (like a recording) is the master. Masters are also experts in fields, from karate to painting.

Master actors are brilliant actors: they've mastered the skill of acting: maybe they have a Master of Fine Arts degree. It takes a long time to master anything. The master is the head of a school. People with servants, pets, and (during a horrible period in our history) slaves were called masters. A master key opens many doors, and when you master something, you are extremely good at it. An A+ on a test shows you mastered the material.

Primary Meanings of master

1.
nadjv
a person who has general authority over others
most important element
have dominance or the power to defeat over
2.
nv
an artist of consummate skill
have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of
3.
n
someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution
4.
n
key that secures entrance everywhere
Full Definitions of master
1

n a person who has general authority over others

Synonyms:
lord, overlord
Types:
feudal lord, seigneur, seignior
a man of rank in the ancient regime
liege, liege lord
a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service
Type of:
ruler, swayer
a person who rules or commands

n directs the work of others

Types:
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postmaster
the person in charge of a post office
spymaster
someone who directs clandestine intelligence activities
station agent, stationmaster
the person in charge of a railway station
postmistress
a woman postmaster
Type of:
employer
a person or firm that employs workers

n presiding officer of a school

Synonyms:
headmaster, schoolmaster
Types:
housemaster
teacher in charge of a school boardinghouse
Type of:
head, head teacher, principal, school principal
the educator who has executive authority for a school

n an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship

Synonyms:
captain, sea captain, skipper
Examples:
Captain Kidd
Scottish sea captain who was hired to protect British shipping in the Indian Ocean and then was accused of piracy and hanged (1645-1701)
Type of:
officer, ship's officer
a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel

adj most important element

“the master bedroom”
“a master switch”
Synonyms:
chief, main, primary, principal
important, of import
of great significance or value

v have dominance or the power to defeat over

“Her pain completely mastered her”
“The methods can master the problems”
Synonyms:
dominate
Types:
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command
be in command of
subject, subjugate
make subservient; force to submit or subdue
general
command as a general
officer
direct or command as an officer
dragoon
subjugate by imposing troops
enslave
make a slave of; bring into servitude
Type of:
command, control
exercise authoritative control or power over
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n an artist of consummate skill

“a master of the violin”
“one of the old masters
Synonyms:
maestro
Examples:
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Hieronymus Bosch
Dutch painter (1450-1516)
Alessandro di Mariano dei Filipepi
Italian painter of mythological and religious paintings (1444-1510)
Pieter Brueghel the Elder
Flemish painter of landscapes (1525-1569)
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Italian painter noted for his realistic depiction of religious subjects and his novel use of light (1573-1610)
Giovanni Cimabue
painter of the Florentine school; anticipated the move from Byzantine to naturalistic art (1240-1302)
Antonio Allegri da Correggio
Italian painter noted for his use of chiaroscuro and perspective (1494-1534)
Albrecht Durer
a leading German painter and engraver of the Renaissance (1471-1528)
Domenikos Theotocopoulos
Spanish painter (born in Greece) remembered for his religious works characterized by elongated human forms and dramatic use of color (1541-1614)
Jan van Eyck
Flemish painter who was a founder of the Flemish school of painting and who pioneered modern techniques of oil painting (1390-1441)
Giotto di Bondone
Florentine painter who gave up the stiff Byzantine style and developed a more naturalistic style; considered the greatest Italian painter prior to the Renaissance (1267-1337)
Frans Hals
Dutch portrait and genre painter who endowed his portraits with vitality and humor (1580?-1666)
William Hogarth
English artist noted for a series of engravings that satirized the affectations of his time (1697-1764)
Holbein the Elder
German painter of religious works (1465-1524)
Holbein the Younger
German painter and engraver noted for his portraits; he was commissioned by Henry VIII to provide portraits of the English king's prospective brides (1497-1543)
Georges de La Tour
French painter of religious works (1593-1652)
Leonardo da Vinci
Italian painter and sculptor and engineer and scientist and architect; the most versatile genius of the Italian Renaissance (1452-1519)
Fra Filippo Lippi
Italian painter whose works show a three-dimensional style (1406-1469)
Filippino Lippi
Italian painter and son of Fra Filippo Lippi (1457-1504)
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Florentine sculptor and painter and architect; one of the outstanding figures of the Renaissance (1475-1564)
Nicolas Poussin
French painter in the classical style (1594-1665)
Raffaello Sanzio
Italian painter whose many paintings exemplify the ideals of the High Renaissance (1483-1520)
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
influential Dutch artist (1606-1669)
Pierre Auguste Renoir
French impressionist painter (1841-1919)
Sir Peter Paul Rubens
prolific Flemish baroque painter; knighted by the English king Charles I (1577-1640)
Jan Steen
Dutch genre painter (1626-1679)
Jacopo Robusti
Italian painter of the Venetian school (1518-1594)
Tiziano Vecellio
old master of the Venetian school (1490-1576)
Sir Anthony Vandyke
Flemish painter of numerous portraits (1599-1641)
Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez
Spanish painter (1599-1660)
Jan van der Meer
Dutch painter renowned for his use of light (1632-1675)
Paolo Veronese
Italian painter of the Venetian school (1528-1588)
Jean Antoine Watteau
French painter (1684-1721)
Types:
old master
a great European painter prior to 19th century
Type of:
artist, creative person
a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination

n an authority qualified to teach apprentices

Synonyms:
professional
Types:
past master
someone who was formerly a master
Type of:
authority
an expert whose views are taken as definitive

n a combatant who is able to defeat rivals

Synonyms:
superior, victor
Examples:
Alexander the Great
king of Macedon; conqueror of Greece and Egypt and Persia; founder of Alexandria (356-323 BC)
Types:
conqueror, vanquisher
someone who is victorious by force of arms
subjugator
a conqueror who defeats and enslaves
Type of:
battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper
someone who fights (or is fighting)

v have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of

Synonyms:
control
control, operate
handle and cause to function
Types:
cinch
get a grip on; get mastery of
Type of:
know
know how to do or perform something

v be or become completely proficient or skilled in

“She mastered Japanese in less than two years”
Synonyms:
get the hang
Type of:
know
know how to do or perform something

v get on top of; deal with successfully

Synonyms:
get over, overcome, subdue, surmount
Types:
bulldog
throw a steer by seizing the horns and twisting the neck, as in a rodeo
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
3

n someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution

Type of:
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student
a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
4

n key that secures entrance everywhere

Synonyms:
master key, passe-partout, passkey
Types:
skeleton key
a passkey with much of the bit filed away so that it can open different locks
Type of:
key
metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated

n an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made

Synonyms:
master copy, original
Type of:
creation
an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone

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