em·cee | \ˌem-ˈsē \
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

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Synonyms for emcee

Synonyms: Noun

announcer, host, MC

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Examples of emcee in a Sentence


acted as emcee for the evening's entertainment at the political convention


She agreed to emcee at an awards dinner.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to Shea, the longtime emcee of the contest, approximately 1,500 hot dogs were fixed up for the contestants at Coney Island this year. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "How Joey Chestnut Dominates July 4, Tony Hawk's Other Major Talent and More," 6 July 2018 But Holly Maniatty is being hailed as something of a deity — once again — on social media this week, for her ability to keep up with the emcee while using American Sign Language. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Maine resident’s sign-language performance of Eminem’s ‘Rap God’ ignites social media," 26 June 2018 On stage, the emcee introduces each of the 14 cast members. Leah Beckmann, The Cut, "Magic Mike Live: Las Vegas," 21 June 2018 The emcee cracked wise about how that moment would be remembered as the beginning of team dissent. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors throw a championship street party in Oakland," 12 June 2018 Weeks before an explosive war of words with Azealia Banks led Cardi B to delete her Instagram page, the Bronx emcee found herself face to face with another foe while shopping at an upscale luxury-goods shopping mall on the strip on April 27. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Cardi B Says She's 'Not Obligated' to Take Photos with Fans After Mall Fight: Report," 15 May 2018 Vince Staples had a lot of people talking Friday night after the 24-year-old emcee dropped two bombshells during his set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. August Brown, latimes.com, "Electronic luminary Jean-Michel Jarre dazzles a Coachella that's at a crossroads," 14 Apr. 2018 The emcee was referencing the removal of the swimsuit competition, according to The Boston Globe. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Massachusetts beauty queen steps down from pageant after #MeToo joke," 10 July 2018 The track was a minor hit, the sort of song that circulates on rap websites and garners serious attention among those who are constantly tuned into the noise coming from upstart emcees. Will Schube, Billboard, "Jimmy Wopo Would've Been Next Up in Pittsburgh's Burgeoning Rap Scene," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Al Slaggert, a promoter of demolition derbies throughout the U.S. and Canada and a member of the Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions Hall of Fame, emceed the goings-on. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "The truths of the circus train crash of 1918 are more horrifying than myths," 20 June 2018 The next generation of Bridgemans are bringing in comedian Arsenio Hall to emcee the party and music icon Stevie Wonder to perform a private concert for party guests. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "The guest list for the revamped 'The Trifecta' Kentucky Derby Eve gala is sure to impress," 27 Apr. 2018 In South Florida, Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart will emcee, and Eric Bischoff will serve as host. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Big night with Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Eric Bischoff, Jimmy Hart in South Florida," 30 May 2018 Fuzzy Zoeller, the former Masters and U.S. Open Champion, will emcee the event. Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle, "John Daly wants PGA Champions Tour to be 'a little more edgy'," 3 May 2018 The gala will be emceed by television journalist Bill Kurtis, and will feature talent including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Styx, Buddy Guy, the Chicago Bears, Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and actor Joe Mantegna. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois to celebrate bicentennial with a United Center bash," 26 June 2018 Haddish is the first Black woman to ever emcee the show. refinery29.com, "MTV Movie Awards: From Tiffany Haddish's Best Jokes to The Blackest Show Yet," 19 June 2018 Local 10 News’ Eric Yutzy emceed the event, which featured a variety of speakers including ChildNet board members and chairpersons as well as foster and adoptive parent Chris Rodriguez and staff member Kezia Stewart. Krislyn Placide, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ChildNet honors Community Care Plan CEO John Benz during luncheon," 6 July 2018 The national anthem was scheduled to be played at a Knights of Columbus banquet honoring first responders, but there was a hitch and it wasn’t heard, says Bleu, who was emceeing the event. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gauhati gives a lesson at SF ZooFest," 2 May 2018

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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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: to be the master of ceremonies for something

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