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

Definition of emcee

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: 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

The next decade rotated Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, and Billy Crystal as emcees of the biggest night in Hollywood. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The Oscars Last Had No Host In 1989 and It Was Pure Chaos," 24 Feb. 2019 The award show will be hosted once again by longtime emcees, expecting mom Carrie Underwood, 35, and Brad Paisley, 45. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "CMA Awards 2018: Who Are the Country Music Nominees?," 28 Aug. 2018 Later, after one of the dancers sings a powerful ballad about the importance of finding your own pleasure through masturbation, Mike and the emcee return. Leah Beckmann, The Cut, "Magic Mike Live: Las Vegas," 21 June 2018 Other fun shenanigans at the reception included a dance-off between Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles (officiated by emcee James Corden). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Serena Williams Played Beer Pong at the Royal Wedding Reception and Obviously Crushed Everyone," 21 May 2018 Tamron Hall was the event emcee, with comedian Jonathan Slocumb also on stage, with one of his roles conducting the live auction. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Mayor's Masked Ball a black-tie bash, raises funds for UNCF," 12 Apr. 2018 Walsh’s comedian pal Drew Carey showed up as an unannounced emcee, introducing some of the acts and members of groups like Fallen Patriot and Semper Fi Fund, who spoke of how the organizations helped them. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Review: Joe Walsh’s VetsAid was a familial star-powered party at Tacoma Dome, raising $1.2 million," 12 Nov. 2018 Muth said an Army recruiter from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who has a high ranking on Ultimate Fighter, served as an emcee at a recent tournament. Fox News, "Army misses 2018 recruiting goal," 24 Sep. 2018 Unbeknownst to Johnson, Doheny had played an Alan Cumming-like emcee in his own high school’s production of the play. Pam Grady, San Francisco Chronicle, "Neflix’s latest ‘Alex Strangelove’ delves into sexual confusion among teens," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That's thanks in large part to Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, who emceed the evening with an energy that was off the charts. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Biggest Moments From the 2019 Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2019 Lily Tomlin emceed the event, and about 900 artworks were for sale. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "Project Angel Food marks 25 years of the 'Art = Love' auction on Saturday," 23 June 2018 Also speaking of the BBMAs, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson welcome Kelly Clarkson to the Pop Shop Podcast to chat about Clarkson emceeing Sunday night's festivities. Gary Trust, Billboard, "13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Childish Gambino & Post Malone Reign, Ed Sheeran & Drake Add Honors," 19 May 2018 ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey previously explained that Kimmel was the obvious choice to emcee the Academy’s 90th show for the second year in a row. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel Poster Evokes Best Picture Flub," 8 Jan. 2018 This will mark the seventh season that Tom and Erin have teamed up to emcee the longtime hit program. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Know About the Cast and Judges of 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 27," 9 Aug. 2018 Curator-in-residence Astria Suparak and writer and filmmaker Brett Kashmere are emceeing a special event to mark the release of a sports-themed issue of the artist-run publication Incite Journal of Experimental Media. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 News Anchor Gina Gaston and Traffic Anchor Katherine Whaley emceed the event, and Gina led the group in a moment of silence for those affected by the Santa Fe ISD school shooting just a few hours earlier. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "AHA’s Go Red For Women luncheon celebrates record-breaking fundraising year," 23 May 2018 Guests also included Governor Charlie Baker and the Rev. Liz Walker, who emceed the event. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "Jerod Mayo and Devin McCourty step up for Boston Medical Center gala," 15 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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English Language Learners Definition of emcee

US : to be the master of ceremonies for something

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