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Dictionary Definition

masterful adj
1 having or revealing supreme mastery or skill; "a consummate artist"; "consummate skill"; "a masterful speaker"; "masterful technique"; "a masterly performance of the sonata"; "a virtuoso performance" [syn: consummate, masterly, virtuoso(a)]
2 able to deal authoritatively with affairs; "dismissed the matter with an imperious wave of her hand" [syn: imperious]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Of or pertaining to the manner of a master.
    The brushwork on the skin tones was masterful.


  1. In the manner of a master; skillful.
    The masterful conducting ensured the orchestra gave of their best.

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Master (a man having control or authority) or Masters may refer to:

Arts and entertainment


Ranks and titles

  • Master (judiciary), a low (or lowest, in some jurisdictions) rank of judge or judicial official
  • Master (Peerage of Scotland), the male heir-apparent or heir-presumptive to a title in the Peerage of Scotland
  • Master Aircrew, the highest non-commissioned rank held by aircrew in the Royal Air Force, equivalent to Warrant Officer in other branches
  • Master Cadet, the highest non-commissioned rank within the Sea Cadet Corps of the New Zealand Cadet Forces.
  • Master Corporal, an appointment of Corporal in the army and air force elements of the Canadian Forces
  • Master craftsman, a member of a guild
  • Master Driver, a Warrant Officer appointment in the British Army's Royal Logistic Corps
  • Master Gunner, a Warrant Officer appointment in the British Army's Royal Artillery
  • Master Mariner, the official title of someone qualified to command a ship, a nautical captain.
  • Master Seaman, an appointment of Leading Seaman in the navy element of the Canadian Forces
  • Master Sergeant, a non-commissioned officer rank in the Singapore Armed Forces and the United States Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps
  • Master tradesman, a person who has a greater level of skill than most in the licensed trades
  • Master Warrant Officer, the second highest non-commissioned rank in the army and air force elements of the Canadian Forces.
  • Master-at-arms, a naval police officer, often addressed as "Master" in the Royal Navy
  • Special master, a quasi-judicial legal officer
  • Master or Worshipful Master, the presiding officer of a Masonic Lodge
  • Sailing Master, the warrant officer responsible for the navigation and steering of a sailing vessel during the Age of Sail.
  • Jedi master, a rank in the fictional Star Wars Jedi Order


Proper names


The surname Masters is of Norman origin and it is thought that it is probably an anglicized form of the French Maystres, Maystre, or Maistre.


Other uses

  • Gangmaster, a person who provides workers for agricultural purposes.
  • Master-slave (technology), one device controlling the operation of other devices.
  • Master, the original of a document or other copied item.
  • Master recording, the original of a recording.
  • Master Bates, an infamous slavemaster who murdered 1000 slaves before the Civil War.
masterful in German: Master (Begriffsklärung)
masterful in French: Master
masterful in Italian: Master
masterful in Japanese: マスター
masterful in Norwegian: Masters
masterful in Portuguese: Master
masterful in Russian: Мастер (значения)
masterful in Swedish: Husbonde
masterful in Yiddish: הער
masterful in Vietnamese: Thạc sĩ

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