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The word Meister originally means "master" in German (as in master craftsman or as an honorific title such as David Eckstein; akin to maestro).

It has been borrowed into English slang, where it is used in compound words. It is often used as a suffix added to a noun to demonstrate proficiency in a given area. A person referred to as blank meister is one that has extensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills in their profession, business concerns and training. Typically the blank is filled in with a word that describes the particular skill set the person in question is an expert in, (for example, a puzzle meister would be someone aptly skilled at completing puzzles). Although these neologisms can sometimes have a sarcastic intent (for example, "stubblemeister" for someone with a short neat beard; heard on BBC TV; or concertmeister, leader of a symphony).

In Germany compound words such as Wachtmeister or Polizeimeister, the word meister has also been used as a police rank of Germany with the first usage dating to the 19th century. Many modern day German police forces use variations of the title Meister. During the Second World War, Meister was the highest enlisted rank of the Ordnungspolizei.

Word origin

From the Latin word "Magister" meaning teacher.
Function: noun
Etymology: Yiddish mayster & German Meister master, from Middle High German meister, from Old High German meistar.

Popular Culture

"The Rich-meister," portrayed by Rob Schneider on Saturday Night Live, added meister (among other words) as a suffix to the names of his coworkers for comical effect.

The character Stifler from American Pie referred to himself as "The Stif-meister", in an attempt to portray his high self-confidence.

Formula One driver Michael Schumacher is referred to as Der Regenmeister (the rain master) due to his highly-rated driving through low-visibility or wet conditions. The same term was also applied to other race drivers before him.

In the anime/manga series Soul Eater, Meisters (職人, Shokunin; Literally meaning "craftsman," "mechanic," "worker") are people with exceptional soul wavelengths and are paired with weapons.

In the 2007 anime Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the protagonist pilots of the titular mobile suits are called Gundam meisters.

Song written by the German music group Rammstein.


Wiktionary

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See also meister

Contents

German

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈmaɪ̯stɐ/

Noun

Meister m. (genitive Meisters, plural Meister)

  1. master
  2. (sports) champion

Derived terms

Related terms


Gaming

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Wikia Gaming, your source for walkthroughs, games, guides, and more!

Meister is a Phantom Dust character that can be found hanging out around the central area of the underground. He offers a few of the mission.


He is also a multiplayer character, who jumps. He is also a little taller than most of the charecters, so he can pick up some enviros that would otherwise be unatainable by other charecters if it is hanged. [Namely the boxes in Palace]

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