Master etymology


English word master comes from the Latin word magester (master, chief, teacher, leader), which is ultimately derived from the Latin word magis (better, more, more greatly)

Etymology of master

Detailed word origin of master

Dictionary entry Language Definition
-ester Latin (lat)
magis Latin (lat) Better. More. More greatly. Rather.
magester Latin (lat) Master, chief, teacher, leader
mægester Old English (ang) Master
mayster Middle English (enm) Master
master English (en) Highly skilled.. Main, principal or predominant.. Masterful.. Original. (intransitive) To be a master.. (intransitive, usually with in) To earn a Master's degree.. (transitive) To become the master of; to subject to one's will, control, or authority; to conquer; to overpower; to subdue.. (transitive) To learn to a high degree of proficiency.. (transitive, especially of a musical performance) [...]

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