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

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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 Panic is managed by a pair of unknown judges and hosted by at least one emcee. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 28 May 2021 On the remix, the emcee is reaching back to some of hip-hop's latest, featuring new age rappers Jack Harlow and Cordae. Shelby Stewart, Chron, 28 May 2021 The mention of his former flame, the legendary Mariah Carey, turned up the heat for the emcee. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 6 May 2021 In between pulse-pounding depictions of love and seduction, charismatic emcee Kat Cunning engages audience members with witty tales of past and present paramours, even coaxing them to their feet at one point for a quick dance. Alexandra Kirkman, Forbes, 5 May 2021 That his reads also echoed his stage presence and his role as emcee merely stressed how his acid-tongued performances always hid a darker way of looking at the world. Manuel Betancourt, Vulture, 3 May 2021 Joining emcee Ariel Rimm-Chanel for the first show will be Citris and DJ Joshua Atom. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, 21 Apr. 2021 Dashaun Wesley also makes a comeback as the resident emcee. Nick Romano, EW.com, 16 Apr. 2021 In November, legendary New York emcee Pharoahe Monch formed a new trio, Th1rt3en, with Jack White’s drummer Daru Jones and acclaimed guitarist Marcus Machado. Rs Editors, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here are some ideas: Scotch the no-host edict and get a big personality to emcee again. Star Tribune, 4 May 2021 And the commish proceeded to emcee an NFL draft unlike any other. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 It has now been revealed that for the third year in a row, the Oscars won't have a host to emcee the proceedings. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 2 Apr. 2021 Similarly, Tracy Morgan, playing Lavelle’s hustler uncle, gets a few errant wisecracks and gets to emcee one final ceremony, but that’s about it. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 5 Mar. 2021 Conservative talk show host Charlie Kirk will serve as the keynote speaker, while Newsmax TV host Grant Stinchfield will emcee the event. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, 11 Mar. 2021 Evans persuaded me to emcee the very first event, held in 2010 on the campus auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University on the Northwest Side. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, 9 Mar. 2021 Poehler will emcee from Los Angeles while Fey anchors in New York City. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 25 Feb. 2021 Native speakers also will emcee broadcasts in Spanish and Portuguese. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Feb. 2021

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Emcee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emcee. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of emcee

US : to be the master of ceremonies for something

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