|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) A woman having power, authority, or ownership; a woman who exercises authority, is chief, etc.; the female head of a family, a school, etc.
2. (n.) A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it.
3. (n.) A woman regarded with love and devotion; she who has command over one's heart; a beloved object; a sweetheart.
4. (n.) A woman filling the place, but without the rights, of a wife; a concubine; a loose woman with whom one consorts habitually.
5. (n.) A title of courtesy formerly prefixed to the name of a woman, married or unmarried, but now superseded by the contracted forms, Mrs., for a married, and Miss, for an unmarried, woman.
6. (n.) A married woman; a wife.
7. (n.) The old name of the jack at bowls.
8. (v. i.) To wait upon a mistress; to be courting.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
mis'-tres (ba`alah, gebhereth): Is the translation of ba`alah, "lady," "owner" (1 Kings 17:17 Nahum 3:4); in 1 Samuel 28:7, "a woman that hath a familiar spirit" is literally, "the mistress of a familiar spirit"; of gebhereth (Genesis 16:4, 8, 9 2 Kings 5:3 Psalm 123:2 Proverbs 30:23 Isaiah 24:2); in Isaiah 47:5, 7, we have the King James Version and the English Revised Version "lady," the American Standard Revised Version "mistress."
Mistress (20 Occurrences)
1 Corinthians 7:4 A married woman is not mistress of her own person: her husband has certain rights. In the same way a married man is not master of his own person: his wife has certain rights. (WEY)
1 Timothy 5:14 I wish, therefore, younger ones to marry, to bear children, to be mistress of the house, to give no occasion to the opposer to reviling; (YLT)
Genesis 16:4 He went in to Hagar, and she conceived. When she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 16:8 He said, "Hagar, Sarai's handmaid, where did you come from? Where are you going?" She said, "I am fleeing from the face of my mistress Sarai." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 16:9 The angel of Yahweh said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Kings 11:19 And Hadad findeth grace in the eyes of Pharaoh exceedingly, and he giveth to him a wife, the sister of his own wife, sister of Tahpenes the mistress; (YLT)
1 Kings 15:13 and also Maachah his mother -- he turneth her aside from being mistress, in that she made a horrible thing for a shrine, and Asa cutteth down her horrible thing, and burneth 'it' by the brook Kidron; (YLT)
1 Kings 17:17 It happened after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
2 Kings 5:3 She said to her mistress, "I wish that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would heal him of his leprosy." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Kings 10:13 and Jehu hath found the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and saith, 'Who 'are' ye?' and they say, 'Brethren of Ahaziah we 'are', and we go down to salute the sons of the king, and the sons of the mistress.' (YLT)
2 Chronicles 15:16 And also Maachah, mother of Asa the king -- he hath removed her from 'being' mistress, in that she hath made for a shrine a horrible thing, and Asa cutteth down her horrible thing, and beateth 'it' small, and burneth 'it' by the brook Kidron: (YLT)
Psalms 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress; so our eyes look to Yahweh, our God, until he has mercy on us. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Proverbs 30:23 for an unloved woman when she is married; and a handmaid who is heir to her mistress. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Isaiah 24:2 It will be as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the creditor, so with the debtor; as with the taker of interest, so with the giver of interest. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Isaiah 47:5 "Sit in silence, and go into darkness, daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called the mistress of kingdoms. (WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT RSV)
Isaiah 47:7 You said, I shall be mistress forever; so that you did not lay these things to your heart, neither did remember the latter end of it. (WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT RSV)
Jeremiah 13:18 Say to the king and to the mistress: Make yourselves low -- sit still, For come down have your principalities, The crown of your beauty. (YLT)
Jeremiah 29:2 After the going forth of Jeconiah the king, and the mistress, and the officers, heads of Judah and Jerusalem, and the artificer, and the smith, from Jerusalem -- (YLT)
Nahum 2:7 It is decreed: she is uncovered, she is carried away; and her handmaids moan as with the voice of doves, beating on their breasts. (See RSV)
Nahum 3:4 because of the multitude of the prostitution of the alluring prostitute, the mistress of witchcraft, who sells nations through her prostitution, and families through her witchcraft. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS NIV)