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UK SpecificPlay
The term is mostly used in the UK, in other places, like the US, 'principal' is more common. SlideMy cousin in the UK mentioned their headmaster, but our school in the US has a principal.
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Gendered TitlePlay
'Headmaster' is gender-specific to males, and 'headmistress' is the female counterpart. SlideMrs. Brown is the headmistress at our sister school.
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The headmaster is the highest authority in a school and manages all school affairs. SlideThe headmaster initiated changes to the school uniform policy.