Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Possession of consummate skill.
  • n. The status of master or ruler; control: mastery of the seas.
  • n. Full command of a subject of study: Her mastery of economic theory impressed the professors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority.
  • n. Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence.
  • n. Contest for superiority.
  • n. A masterly operation; a feat.
  • n. The philosopher's stone.
  • n. The act or process of mastering; the state of having mastered; expertise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority.
  • n. Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preëminence.
  • n. Contest for superiority.
  • n. A masterly operation; a feat.
  • n. the philosopher's stone.
  • n. The act process of mastering; the state of having mastered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being a master; power of command or control; rule; dominion; sway.
  • n. Ascendancy in war or in competition; the upper hand; superiority; preëminence.
  • n. Expert knowledge or skill; power of using or exercising; dexterity: as, the mastery of an art or science.
  • n. Masterly attainment; the gaining of mastership.
  • n. A contest for superiority.
  • n. A masterly operation or act; a triumph of skill.
  • n. The finding of the magisterium or philosopher's stone; also, the stone itself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
  • n. power to dominate or defeat
  • n. the act of mastering or subordinating someone

Etymologies

From Old French maistrie. (Wiktionary)

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