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em·​cee ˌem-ˈsē How to pronounce emcee (audio)
plural emcees
: 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
: a performer of rap music : rapper
… MC Lyte, the first female hip-hop emcee to release a solo album …Deena Zaru


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emceed; emceeing; emcees

transitive + intransitive

: to perform the role of a master of ceremonies : to act as emcee for
emceed an awards dinner
… he reports that one week after the surgery he was back emceeing at the Improv …Roger Friedman
: to perform rap music : rap
… [DMX's] love of hip-hop—from production to emceeing—built his name as an underground force in New York City.Kevin L. Clark
… [Lauryn] Hill was so wildly proficient at singing and emceeingClover Hope
The Hulu personality [Khloé Kardashian] followed up by emceeing her own verse, rapping, "Then my birthday is in June / And I'm gonna need you to help me make my cake, too."Kat Pettibone

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
Pair these with near-instant IG story responses, the cacophony of fan reaction TikToks, diss track dance battles, and podcast debates, and there’s much more than words on a track setting the cadence and temperature of each emcee’s responses. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 7 May 2024 According to Variety, Minhaj served as the emcee of one of the fest’s stand-up showcases, with current Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng also on the bill. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 3 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for emcee 

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Word History




First Known Use


1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of emcee was in 1930

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Cite this Entry

“Emcee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emcee. Accessed 17 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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em·​cee ˈem-ˈsē How to pronounce emcee (audio)


2 of 2 verb
emceed; emceeing
: to act as master of ceremonies for something : host
emcee a television show


an altered form of M.C., from master of ceremonies

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