em·​cee | \ˌem-ˈsē \
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

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

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 West Park resident Joe Pulizzi, Content Marketing Institute founder, was emcee. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Rotary recognizes outstanding West Shore Career-Tech students: A Place in the Sun," 27 Mar. 2018 Bertrand, who has become a staple at the home show the last few years, will serve as an emcee at many events, including the inaugural Junior Design Challenge. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, kansascity, "DIY Network, Bravo headliners to hit Kansas City home show | The Kansas City Star," 21 Mar. 2018 Yet even the most enthusiastic theatergoers at the Marquis Theatre in New York would undoubtedly prefer to be in the company of eminent party emcee Buffett at the Sprint Center on Saturday. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts May 17-23: Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Decemberists, Son Little, Bronco | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018 Atlanta Hawks Play-By-Play Announcer Bob Rathbun, the event emcee, announced that this is the 14th new or refurbished playing surface dedicated by the Hawks foundation since 2015. Pamela Miller, ajc, "Atlanta Hawks basketball court dedicated at Bill Badgett Stadium," 20 June 2018 Koshy was excited to see Tiffany Haddish emcee the show. Ericka Franklin | Wwd, latimes.com, "Kim Kardashian, Zendaya up the star wattage at the MTV Movie & TV Awards red carpet," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Al Slaggert, a promoter of demolition derbies throughout the U.S. and Canada and a member of the Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions Hall of Fame, emceed the goings-on. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "The truths of the circus train crash of 1918 are more horrifying than myths," 20 June 2018 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

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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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