im·​pre·​sa·​rio | \ ˌim-prə-ˈsär-ē-ˌō How to pronounce impresario (audio) , -ˈser-, -ˈzär-\
plural impresarios

Definition of impresario

1 : the promoter, manager, or conductor of an opera or concert company
2 : a person who puts on or sponsors an entertainment (such as a television show or sports event)

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English borrowed "impresario" directly from Italian, whose noun impresa means "undertaking." A close relative is the English word emprise ("an adventurous, daring, or chivalric enterprise"), which, like "impresario," traces back to the Latin verb prehendere, meaning "to seize." (That verb is also the source of our "apprehend," "comprehend," and "prehensile.") English speakers were impressed enough with "impresario" to borrow it in the 1740s, at first using it, as the Italians did, especially of opera company managers. (By the way, despite their apparent similarities, "impress" and "impresario" are not related. "Impress" is a descendant of a Latin verb that means "to press.")

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Chef Savoy has short white hair, a touch of a beard, and a manner one-part diplomat, one-part impresario. Alan Behr,, "When Paris does what it does best," 20 Aug. 2019 Freak-show impresario P.T. Barnum visited Hicks in his cell and, in exchange for $25 and two boxes of cigars, convinced him to sit for a face cast to be displayed at Barnum’s ghoulish museum nearby. Rinker Buck, WSJ, "‘The Last Pirate of New York’ Review: New York’s Original Gangster," 28 June 2019 Especially since this is the last Tapfest under the watch of dancer, teacher, and impresario Julia Boynton, who is audibly stepping down from her post as festival producer after 10 step-endous (sorry) years. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "Immersive inflatables, comics at sea, and Tapfest on tap," 8 Aug. 2019 Then Watkins Glen pulled out, leaving Lang — the original Woodstock’s brashest impresario, still milking the brand at age 74 — scrambling for an alternative site. Tom Carson, Los Angeles Times, "Woodstock glorified them. Tarantino barbecued them. In 2019, whither the hippie?," 15 Aug. 2019 Under the tutelage of the late Roger Ailes, later the Fox News impresario, Nixon showed himself to be a competent, if not charismatic, TV performer. Elaine C. Kamarck, Washington Post, "Eight men, one chaotic election and the birth of the modern primary system," 18 July 2019 John is also the president, founder, and chief impresario of the Edge Foundation, which has earned a stellar reputation as an eclectic platform for conversations that involve scientists, artists, and technologists. Evgeny Morozov, The New Republic, "Jeffrey Epstein’s Intellectual Enabler," 22 Aug. 2019 Over the past decade, the impresario (née Rayne Baron) has dazzled with repeat curated LGBTQ soirées across the 212 like Holy Mountain, Battle Hymn, 11:11 and Shade. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen To Ladyfag's Summer of Pride Mix Ahead of LadyLand Festival & U.S. World Pride 2019," 25 June 2019 One of five kids born to the Death Row Records impresario, Knight was 5 when his father was released from prison in 2001 for violating the terms of his probation from an assault case. Los Angeles Times, "Suge Jacob Knight steps out of his father’s shadow — one million-dollar home at a time," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of impresario

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for impresario

Italian, from impresa undertaking, from imprendere to undertake, from Vulgar Latin *imprehendere — more at emprise

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: a person who manages a performance (such as a concert or play)

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