headmistress etymology

English word headmistress comes from English head, English mistress

Detailed word origin of headmistress

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
head English (eng) (fishing) To remove the head from a fish.. (intransitive) To form a head.. (intransitive) To move in a specified direction.. (intransitive) To originate; to spring; to have its course, as a river.. (obsolete) To behead; to decapitate.. (transitive) To be in command of. (See also head up.). (transitive) To strike with the head; as in soccer, to head the ball. To cut off the top of; to lop [...]
mistress English (eng) (transitive) Of a woman: to master; to learn to a high degree of proficiency. (Scotland) A married woman; a wife.. (obsolete) The jack in the game of bowls.. A dominatrix.. A female companion to a master (a man with control, authority or ownership). A female teacher.. A woman regarded with love and devotion; a sweetheart.. A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it.. A [...]
headmistress English (eng) (chiefly, British) A female school principal.

Words with the same origin as headmistress

Descendants of mistress
miss misses missus