band·​mas·​ter ˈban(d)-ˌma-stər How to pronounce bandmaster (audio)
: bandleader
especially : a conductor of a military or concert band

Examples of bandmaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His bandmaster instructed the group to play louder than usual, since three British bands were coming to visit. Alex Traub, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 The Reporter-Star Newsboys Band was the passion project of newspaper owners and twin brothers J. C. and R. B. Brossier, who hired bandmaster Edgar Ball to direct the ensemble. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2023 His great-great-grandfather Felix was Gen. Custer’s bandmaster. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 Her father, Tomas, was a Navy bandmaster and musician. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bandmaster was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Bandmaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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band·​mas·​ter ˈban(d)-ˌmas-tər How to pronounce bandmaster (audio)
: a conductor of a musical band
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