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: 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 The organization has drafted Jane Lynch to emcee and Annie Lennox to perform during the event, set for May 16 at 6 p.m. PST. Chris Gardner, Billboard, "Annie Lennox Set for Alzheimer’s Los Angeles Fundraiser," 12 May 2021 Chris Miller will again be serving as the emcee and will introduce each of the contenders. Jen Banowetz, chicagotribune.com, "Popular Fermilab Physics Slam can include up to 5,000 on Zoom," 21 Apr. 2021 Michael Valert had to play emcee at dinner, because Piet’s best man was a small, shy Dutch woman named Kick who’d refused. Elizabeth Mccracken, The Atlantic, "The Irish Wedding," 8 Apr. 2021 The Oscars scored a robust audience of 42 million viewers in 2014 when Ellen DeGeneres served as emcee. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Awards shows are struggling to draw TV audiences. Should the Oscars be worried?," 13 Apr. 2021 Cannon will return as emcee next week and remain so for the rest of the season. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "The Masked Singer recap: Niecy Nash shocks panelists and 'changes the game completely' during elimination," 7 Apr. 2021 The event showcases musical selections from Masquers performers, Golden Expressions, emcee’s comic banter and speech and debate students’ pieces. cleveland, "Olmsted Community Center is a ‘ministry’ of love, memories: Olmsted Dates and Data," 22 Mar. 2021 Undaunted in planning for the return of We Fest in August, new festival owners have announced an array of opening acts plus the country-music hoedown's first big-name emcee ever. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Country star Kellie Pickler will emcee when Minnesota's We Fest returns in August," 11 Mar. 2021 Prince Markie Dee, Puerto Rican emcee and member of the legendary rap trio the Fat Boys, died on Thursday at age 52, one day short of his 53rd birthday. Chris Murphy, Vulture, "Prince Markie Dee of the Iconic ’80s Rap Trio the Fat Boys Has Died at 52," 19 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here are some ideas: Scotch the no-host edict and get a big personality to emcee again. Star Tribune, "How to save the Oscars," 4 May 2021 And the commish proceeded to emcee an NFL draft unlike any other. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: NFL Draft falls in line for Chargers to fill their greatest on-field need," 29 Apr. 2021 It has now been revealed that for the third year in a row, the Oscars won't have a host to emcee the proceedings. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Oscars Won't Have a Host for the Third Year in a Row," 2 Apr. 2021 Similarly, Tracy Morgan, playing Lavelle’s hustler uncle, gets a few errant wisecracks and gets to emcee one final ceremony, but that’s about it. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Coming 2 America Is Both Figuratively and Literally a Nostalgia Trip," 5 Mar. 2021 Conservative talk show host Charlie Kirk will serve as the keynote speaker, while Newsmax TV host Grant Stinchfield will emcee the event. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "New conservative PAC holding Frisco launch event with Charlie Kirk, Angela Paxton and Grant Stinchfield," 11 Mar. 2021 Evans persuaded me to emcee the very first event, held in 2010 on the campus auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University on the Northwest Side. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "After a lifetime of powerful words, ‘Mango Street’ author Sandra Cisneros gets an honor from Chicago’s Literary Hall of Fame," 9 Mar. 2021 Poehler will emcee from Los Angeles while Fey anchors in New York City. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Amy Poehler shares her Must List, talks hosting Golden Globes and directing Moxie," 25 Feb. 2021 Native speakers also will emcee broadcasts in Spanish and Portuguese. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Latest from Mormon Land: Was priesthood ban a mistake? Does God like ‘The Book of Mormon’ musical?," 18 Feb. 2021

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1930, in the meaning defined above


1937, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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16 May 2021

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“Emcee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emcee. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of emcee

US : to be the master of ceremonies for something

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