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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The nightlife impresarios who helped set up the party, Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss, stopped the music and took a microphone. Bradley Hope, WSJ, "The Billion-Dollar Mystery Man and the Wildest Party Vegas Ever Saw," 15 Sep. 2018 The resort, developed by iStar, features luxury condominium residences, a boutique hotel run by entertainment impresario David Bowd, and a members-only beach club. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Designer Cocktail: The Boardwalk," 20 Mar. 2019 The world of his mother, a former stage actress, and his father, a theatrical impresario from a cultured European background, is represented almost entirely from the child’s point of view. Laura Marcus, WSJ, "Five Best: Laura Marcus on Memoirs of Childhood," 15 Feb. 2019 There are invariably some boldface names in the throng, a few adorably sulky teenage hipsters, a clutch of serious New York theater impresarios, and a number of confused millennials. Sally Singer, Vogue, "With Slash, a Fetish for Pop Culture Leads to the Stage," 8 Jan. 2019 The theatrical impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, who built the Savoy Theater in London’s West End in 1881 to showcase the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, then built the Savoy Hotel next door in 1889. Perry Garfinkel, New York Times, "The Art of Making a Bespoke Mattress," 29 June 2018 Figures ranged from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to film icon Steven Spielberg to music impresario Kanye West, which reinforced the idea that Lauren’s reach spans across cultures and industries to resonate with everyone. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Hillary, Kanye, Oprah—Inside Ralph Lauren’s Epic 50th Anniversary Show," 8 Sep. 2018 In 2005, Donald Trump kicked off a decade-long buying and spending spree, vastly expanding his hotel and golf-course empire and cementing his image as a brash impresario. Jonathan O’connell, The Seattle Times, "Donald Trump’s decade-long buying spree defied norms and tapped an unusual source," 8 Oct. 2018 Former foundation members McGrath and George Regan, the PR impresario , started the new group. Jon Chesto,, "Groups split over whether to revive Boston’s mounted police unit," 6 July 2018

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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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