em·​cee | \ ˌem-ˈsē How to pronounce emcee (audio) \
plural emcees

Definition of emcee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: master of ceremonies especially : a person who acts as host for a program of entertainment The emcee primes the crowd and rock music pulses, bolstered by lasers and fireworks. — Allison Glock


emceed; emceeing

Definition of emcee (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to act as master of ceremonies of emcee an awards dinner

intransitive verb

: to act as master of ceremonies

Synonyms for emcee

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of emcee in a Sentence

Noun acted as emcee for the evening's entertainment at the political convention Verb She agreed to emcee at an awards dinner.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Event chairs are Keilene Hayward, Melissa Wilkins and Sandy Nolan, with award-winning ABC 10News Anchor Kimberly Hunt serving as emcee. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2022 Aesop on string bass, Sinatra on piano and serving as emcee. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2022 Local drag performer Violet S'Arblue, who regularly performs at Grand Prize on Wednesday nights, will do a number and serve as an emcee of sorts for the evening. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 7 July 2022 Orson Welles invited her to perform at wrap parties for his movies, often serving as emcee. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 Last evening, for example, Liev Schreiber served as emcee. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 25 May 2022 He was described as a good student, a stand-up comedian, emcee of a weekly radio program in college and a voracious reader. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 The show also features comedian Murray Hill, another beloved New York cabaret personality, as Fred Rococo, a soil-science professor and the emcee of Choir Practice. Sara Stewart, CNN, 2 Mar. 2022 DuSable Heritage Association president Etzer Cantave will serve as emcee of the 90-minute program, sharing history and remarks from the composers between the pieces. Kathy Cichon, chicagotribune.com, 28 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jaime Kravitz – aka The Energy Producer – will emcee. Marc Bona, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2022 Following the one-hour pre-show, Academy Award winner Ariana DeBose will emcee Broadway's biggest night. Julia Moore, PEOPLE.com, 9 June 2022 Criss, 35, and Hough, 33, are cohosting the first hour of the Tonys, The Tony Awards: Act One, before Oscar winner Ariana DeBose takes the stage to emcee the main ceremony. Julia Moore, PEOPLE.com, 9 June 2022 Dawne Gee, a Juneteenth Jubilee commissioner, will emcee. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2022 Pete Scalia, host of WCPO’s Cincy Lifestyle television show, will emcee the event. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 3 May 2022 Entertainment Tonight hosts Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner are set to emcee the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will air live June 24. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 June 2022 Dawne Gee, a Juneteenth Jubilee commissioner, will emcee the event. Eleanor Mccrary, The Courier-Journal, 26 May 2022 Trevor Noah will once again emcee music's biggest night. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of emcee


1930, in the meaning defined above


1937, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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8 Aug 2022

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“Emcee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emcee. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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