em·cee | \ ˌem-ˈsē \
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 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 The emcee will be stylist Melanie Pace, a 2017 honoree, and Herzing University Orlando is the title sponsor. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Dress for Success honors Allison Walker-Torres," 7 June 2018 Taste of Evanston featured live music and CBS 2 Chicago TV news anchor Vince Gerasole as emcee. Gina Grillo, chicagotribune.com, "Taste of Evanston a culinary showcase of 'best our community has to offer': Mayor," 10 July 2018 The entertainment at the event includes storyteller Marilyn McPhee as emcee. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Old-Fashioned Fourth of July offers patriotic fun," 29 June 2018 The fashion industry’s leading talents walked the red carpet outside the Brooklyn Museum, where this year’s host Issa Rae was the first person of color to perform as the event’s emcee. Melania Hidalgo, The Cut, "See All the Best CFDA Awards 2018 Red-Carpet Looks," 4 June 2018 Returning as emcee will be former Fox 25 reporter and author Sorboni Banerjee, who now works in Tampa, but still returns to support the cause. Robert Steiner, BostonGlobe.com, "Nerdfighters — and Sorboni Banerjee — will gather for a night ‘Under the Stars’," 31 May 2018 The concert will start at 8 p.m. Sunday with New Country 96.3 KSCS DJ Hawkeye as emcee. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "The top 10 list is ready to wrap up May with fireworks and fun | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Former Tiger and current LSU Sports Radio Network sideline reporter Gordy Rush will emcee the event. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "LSU football Tiger Tour to make 3 stops in 2018: details," 13 Apr. 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

: to be the master of ceremonies for something

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