1In plural (usually with capital initials and with the). A group of 16th-century engravers, especially in Nuremberg, who followed Albrecht Dürer and who worked small-dimension plates with biblical, mythological, and genre scenes.
2 historical In England: a self-employed artisan or manufacturer; specifically an independent worker making hardware at Birmingham and Sheffield and usually selling to a factor.
little master/ˌlɪtl ˈmɑːstə/ /ˌlɪtl ˈmastə/
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From little + master.