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

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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 Who better to lead a Pose-A-Thon than emcee extraordinaire Porter and Mother of the Year Rodriguez? Christi Carras Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Mj Rodriguez, Billy Porter and Indya Moore unite for ‘Pose-A-Thon’ benefit," 26 June 2020 Kristi Capel of Fox 8 will serve as the evening’s emcee. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Nature centers, campgrounds and park programs reopen: Valley Views," 9 June 2020 An all-star lineup including dancers, aerialists and an emcee will perform during a 21-and-up burlesque show at Arlington Music Hall. Dallas News, "Things to do in Arlington: Chris Stapleton concert at new ballpark, ‘Bachelor’ finale watch party and more," 5 Mar. 2020 This year’s ceremony is returning to its roots and going without an emcee. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "SAG Awards 2020: How and Where to Watch, Who's Nominated and More," 19 Jan. 2020 After two years with a host, this year the SAG Awards are following suit with other broadcasts and forgoing an emcee. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "How to watch the 2020 SAG Awards," 15 Jan. 2020 After stumbling into a surprisingly successful host-free ceremony last year, the Oscars will forgo an emcee once again. TheWeek, "Pentagon: Iran launched more than 12 ballistic missiles against Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces," 7 Jan. 2020 The 2019 Emmys were supposed to be hostless, but casual viewers could be forgiven for thinking the Fox show decided to go with an animated emcee. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "How the Emmys Opened Without a Host," 23 Sep. 2019 Storytellers Project founder and senior director Megan Finnerty will be the emcee. Michelle Rogers, USA TODAY, "Storytellers Project LIVE to share stories of growing up," 8 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Driver will emcee the event while Alvarez will receive a lifetime achievement award. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony featuring Favre and Nelson has been relocated to the Club at Lac La Belle," 22 June 2020 Kaila White, a breaking news producer at The Arizona Republic, will emcee the show. Michelle Rogers, USA TODAY, "Virtual storytelling show to feature stories of outdoor adventures," 15 May 2020 And finally, Elektra emcees the final event as the men offer up their best femme realness. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "In With the New: 5 Key Takeaways From 'Pose' Season 2 Finale," 21 Aug. 2019 Poehler emcees a fictional variation of an at-home late-night show. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Parks and Recreation reunion really was something special: Review," 1 May 2020 The Bryant-Jordan Awards Banquet emcee Chris Stewart will serve as the host of the broadcast. al, "Homewood’s Lainey Phelps has taught others how to win on and off the field," 7 Apr. 2020 Hundreds attended the event, which was emceed by 92Zew’s Tony Plosczynski and included musical guests DJ Mr. Wilson and Radio Incorporated. Michael Dumas, al, "Show Us Your Mardi Gras Gowns: Marry Mates get mythical," 16 Feb. 2020 The Ayodele Drummers signaled dinner in the International Ballroom, where a program was emceed by Michelle Relerford and Rob Stafford, of NBC-5. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Chaka Khan lights up Chicago Urban League dinner," 8 Nov. 2019 The event was emceed by Connie Mack, a former congressman who was Orban’s registered lobbyist in Washington, and was attended by several lawmakers and government officials. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s New Spy Chief Once Got $100,000 from a Group Funded by the Hungarian Government but Never Reported It," 24 Feb. 2020

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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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“Emcee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emcee. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of emcee

US : to be the master of ceremonies for something

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