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[mas-tuh-ree, mah-stuh-] /ˈmæs tə ri, ˈmɑ stə-/

noun, plural masteries for 1, 4.
command or grasp, as of a subject:
a mastery of Italian.
superiority or victory:
mastery over one’s enemies.
the act of .
expert skill or knowledge.
the state of being ; power of command or control.
noun (pl) -teries
full command or understanding of a subject
outstanding skill; expertise
the power of command; control
victory or superiority

early 13c., mesterie, “condition of being a master,” also “superiority, victory;” from Old French maistrie, from maistre “master” (see master (n.)). Meaning “intellectual command” (of a topic, etc.) is from 1660s.


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