Mis"ter (?), n. [See Master, and cf. Mistress.]

A title of courtesy prefixed to the name of a man or youth. It is usually written in the abbreviated form Mr.

To call your name, inquire your where, Or whet you think of Mister Some-one's book, Or Mister Other's marriage or decease. Mrs. Browning.


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Mis"ter, v. t.

To address or mention by the title Mr.; as, he mistered me in a formal way.



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Mis"ter, n. [OF. mistier trade, office, ministry, need, F. m'etier trade, fr. L. ministerium service, office, ministry. See Ministry, Mystery trade.] [Written also mester.]


A trade, art, or occupation.


In youth he learned had a good mester. Chaucer.


Manner; kind; sort.



But telleth me what mester men ye be. Chaucer.


Need; necessity.


Rom. of R.


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Mis"ter, v. i.

To be needful or of use.


As for my name, it mistereth not to tell. Spenser.


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