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

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

An emcee runs the contests on a stage and announces the winner. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "Gorton's Dog Day, film festival salute incredible canines," 11 June 2019 That has left the Oscars, one month before the Feb. 24 ceremony, without an emcee, and likely to stay that way. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Oscar nods honor ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Black Panther’," 23 Jan. 2019 Though superbly programmed, the event features emcees who gush about the forthcoming brilliance of the next artist, the deeper meanings of Charlie Parker’s music, the profundities of the latest avant-garde unit. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Big screens and other distractions keep invading our concert spaces. Can we just focus on the music?," 26 June 2019 Huizar will be joined by Huerta along with Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, ceremony emcee Josefina Lopez and Emiliana Guereca, the Women's March Los Angeles Foundation executive director. City News Service, latimes.com, "Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta gets an intersection named for her in Boyle Heights today," 22 June 2019 Mostly, though, there is the anticipation of the next event, which track president and co-emcee Tim Huddleston sets up over the public address system. Chris Erskine, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A speedway, a spectacle, a sensational Saturday night," 20 June 2019 Introduced by emcee Tony Pagnotti — former meteorologist and broadcaster with WMAR and WBFF in Baltimore — Brooks spoke about community efforts to preserve Calloway’s former residence on Druid Hill Avenue in Baltimore. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Havre de Grace swings to blues and jazz with inaugural weekend festival," 12 June 2019 More than just an affable late-night talker or carbound crooner, James Corden has proved himself a nimble awards-show emcee. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Corden on Hosting Tonys, 'Carpool Karaoke' Wish List," 7 June 2019 After Zonca left to open Capital Dime in 2013, John Griffiths and David Chavez each had turns as The Kitchen’s emcee/chef before current host Kelly McCown took over in July 2015. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "The Kitchen becomes Sacramento’s first and only Michelin-starred restaurant," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The evening was emceed by FOX19 Now Sports Director Joe Danneman, who also presided over a 10-item live auction. Carole Barnhart/share, Cincinnati.com, "Game-themed celebration a success for Springer School and Center," 6 June 2019 For a comedian, the perks of emceeing the CFDA Awards include bashing your least favorite fashion designers in front of an audience of their peers. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Hasan Minhaj blasts Gucci for dressing 'white dudes in turbans' at CFDA Awards," 4 June 2019 Emmy award-winning reporter Monica Robins of WKYC will emcee the Finals Competition and Performance. Mike Peticca, cleveland.com, "Shining Star CLE seeks student performers for third annual competition," 14 June 2019 Food Network star Andrew Zimmern will emcee, and restaurateur Ann Cashion and writer and Netflix star Samin Nosrat will speak. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "José Andrés ‘learned English’ by watching Julia Child. Now he’s getting an award in her name.," 11 June 2019 Blanca’s House of Evangelista faced off against Elektra (Dominique Jackson), the ferocious sovereign of the House of Abundance, at balls emceed by the designer and community linchpin Pray Tell (Billy Porter). Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Pose Lets In the Light," 12 June 2019 That's thanks in large part to Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, who emceed the evening with an energy that was off the charts. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Biggest Moments From the 2019 Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2019 Lily Tomlin emceed the event, and about 900 artworks were for sale. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "Project Angel Food marks 25 years of the 'Art = Love' auction on Saturday," 23 June 2018 Also speaking of the BBMAs, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson welcome Kelly Clarkson to the Pop Shop Podcast to chat about Clarkson emceeing Sunday night's festivities. Gary Trust, Billboard, "13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Childish Gambino & Post Malone Reign, Ed Sheeran & Drake Add Honors," 19 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

US : to be the master of ceremonies for something

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