from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who is in charge of the performances in a circus ring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The person who manages the performers in a circus ring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One in charge of the performances (as of horses) within the ring in a circus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who has charge of the performances in a circus-ring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the person in charge of performances in a circus ring


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  • Come to think of it, as I recall the last time I managed to leave town without husband, kids, pets or job, pandemonium broke out under the Big Top and the ringmaster was there too.

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  • Immediately following the closing, the managing director of the circus (he also functioned as what in America would be called a ringmaster) assembled all performers.

    Villa Incognito

  • "All ready!" called the ringmaster, holding his revolver high in the air again.

    The Bobbsey Twins in the Country

  • But Mr. Zorthian became best known as ringmaster of the daily news briefings, which pitted a newly aggressive press corps against a long tradition of secrecy and optimism in official discussion of battles.

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  • The wife of the ringmaster is a retired teacher and administers homeschooling courses to performers 'children in makeshift classrooms at each circus site, Hamid said.

    Times Leader News

  • Then, after a decade in public office and a failed bid for governor, Springer left electoral politics in 1982 for a TV career that eventually reinvented him as the self-described "ringmaster" of his raucous hit show.

    Senator Springer?

  • Kansas City actor Walter Coppage, who served as "ringmaster" for the circus-themed luncheon, emphasized the importance of creativity - which artists have in abundance - to the business community.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • Glenn Beck, "ringmaster" of forty scary patriots, says the Far Left.

    The Canadian Sentinel

  • Oh, and guess who's the "ringmaster" of the folks on the list?

    The Canadian Sentinel

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