from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who acts as host at a formal event, making the welcoming speech and introducing other speakers.
- n. A performer who conducts a program of varied entertainment by introducing other performers to the audience.
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- n. someone who acts as a host at a formal event
- n. who conducts a programme of varied entertainment by introducing performers to the audience
- n. A rapper
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an officer who determines the forms to be observed, or superintends their observance, on a public occasion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)
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In 1506 Paris de Grassis succeeded the famous Burchard, master of ceremonies to Alexander VI, and continued his "Diarium" (ed. Thuasne, Paris, 1883-84).
In 1515 Leo X made him Bishop of Pesaro, but he retained his office of master of ceremonies until the pope's death.
At these banquets, which took place in the grand gallery of the chateau, there were sometimes two hundred guests; and General Duroc being master of ceremonies on these occasions, the First Consul took care to recommend him to intermingle the private soldiers, the colonels, the generals, etc.
Humfrey had the travel-conjurer fetch the magic mirror-no, it was Munly, the master of ceremonies at Bink's hearing, who was himself an Elder.
John Burchard, master of ceremonies to Innocent VIII and Alexander
Through the good offices of her old dancing-master, M. Fontaine, who had been appointed master of ceremonies at the castle, Sydney was introduced to M.s. Featherstone, or Featherstonehaugh, of Bracklin Castle, who required a governess-companion to her young daughters, and apparently did not object to youth and inexperience.
Frank Sinatra served as master of ceremonies and entertained with singer Dionne Warwick and comedians Bill “Jose Jimenez” Dana and Flip Wilson, all of them big stars in 1969.
Robert had once said that H.P. looked like the master of ceremonies at a chemotherapy funfest.
“Biagio da Cesena was the master of ceremonies for the Vatican in 1541, at the time when Michelangelo painted his Last Judgment masterpiece on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel.”
The master of ceremonies was Dr. Mehmet Oz, who had become a household name because of his appearances on a popular TV show and a series of best-selling books.