Definitions

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  • n. Master; sir: -- a title of the Middle Ages, given to a person in authority, or to one having a license from a university to teach philosophy and the liberal arts.
  • n. The possessor of a master's degree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Master; sir; -- a title of the Middle Ages, given to a person in authority, or to one having a license from a university to teach philosophy and the liberal arts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Master; sir: an appellation given in the middle ages to persons of scientific or literary distinction, equivalent to the modern title of doctor.

Etymologies

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From Latin magister ("a master, chief, head, superior, director, teacher, etc."), from magis ("more or great") + -ter.

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