a monastic church
Unaccented variant of
Title conferred on an adult male, usually when the name is unknown. Also (often parent to young child) referring to a man whose name is unknown.
- You may sit here, mister .
* 1855 , George Musalas Colvocoresses, Four Years in the Government Exploring Expedition , J. M. Fairchild & co., page 358:
- Go and ask that mister if you can get your ball out of his garden.
* 1908 , Jack Brand, By Wild Waves Tossed: An Ocean Love Story , The McClure Company, page 90:
- Fine day to see sights, gentlemen. Well, misters , here's the railing round the ground, and there's the paling round the tomb, eight feet deep, six feet long, and three feet wide.
- There's only three misters aboard this ship, or, rather, there's only two.
* (title of adult male) master, mistress, , Doctor
To address by the title of "mister".
From (etyl) mester, (meister) (et al.), from (etyl) misterium, a medieval conflation of (etyl) .
[David Wallace, ]
Chaucerian polity: absolutist lineages and associational forms in England and Italy , Stanford University Press, 1997
(obsolete) Someone's business or function; an occupation, employment, trade.
A kind, type of.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.ix:
(obsolete) Need (of something).
- The Redcrosse knight toward him crossed fast, / To weet, what mister wight was so dismayd.
(obsolete) Necessity; the necessary time.
- And thenne the grene knyghte kneled doune / and dyd hym homage with his swerd / thenne said the damoisel me repenteth grene knyghte of your dommage / and of youre broders dethe the black knyghte / for of your helpe I had grete myster / For I drede me sore to passe this forest / Nay drede you not sayd the grene knyghte / for ye shal lodge with me this nyghte / and to morne I shalle helpe you thorou this forest
- It was by Merlyns auyse said the knyghte / As for hym sayd kynge Carados / I wylle encountre with kynge bors / and ye wil rescowe me whan myster is / go on said they al / we wil do all that we may
(obsolete, impersonal) To be necessary; to matter.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.vii:
- As for my name, it mistreth not to tell; / Call me the Squyre of Dames that me beseemeth well.
A device that makes or sprays mist.
- Odessa D. uses a mister Sunday to fight the 106-degree heat at a NASCAR race in Fontana, California.