It is a profession and the masculine form of the word is "le maître"

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There are different meanings for "maître". It can be used for a teacher in elementary school or the master of an animal. Then the feminine form is "maîtresse".

It is also used to refer to the master of some sport or art.

It can be used as a title for lawyers including avocats (advocates) and notaires (notaries). In that case, the title remains "maître" for both male and female lawyers.

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  • What is a title for advocate? Do you mean a lawyer?
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  • On maître being epicene as a title: there is this story of French lawyer Gisèle Halimi answering De Gaulle whether he should refer to her as Miss or Madam: "appelez-moi maître".
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    @jlliagre an advocate in English, which you edited out of the answer, is not un avocat. It is one of the most famous faux amis in translation.
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    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 22:43
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    Please note that maîtresse also has a different meaning. If you happen to once have a discussion with a former teacher of yours, and the next day you tell your friends "J'en discutais hier encore avec une ancienne maîtresse", this can turn funny :-)
    – Laurent S.
    Commented Jul 28, 2021 at 9:09

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