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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Recent Examples on the Web The news erupted on Twitter as several hip hop aficionados started sharing tributes that the breakdancing impresario, who gained fame in the 1980s, had died. Essence Editors, Essence, "Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Gutierrez Quiñones Has Died," 30 Dec. 2020 In 1862, Lotta finally won over the all-important impresario Tom Maguire, who booked her into the Eureka Minstrel Hall — her first appearance on a legitimate stage. Gary Kamiya,, "Who is the Lotta of Lotta’s Fountain? She was once one of America’s biggest stars," 11 Dec. 2020 The online events, called Piece Prize, came about because Mayer, the Twin Cities arts and culture impresario behind Doors Open Minneapolis, suddenly had a lot more time on his hands. Erica Pearson, Star Tribune, "Virtual puzzle contest sponsored by Twin Cities impresario," 11 Dec. 2020 Music impresario Clive Davis who helped to guide the singer's career is also producing. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Whitney Houston biopic casts Naomi Ackie as late singer," 16 Dec. 2020 The documentary about guitar hero and music impresario Joe Bonamassa is available via Video On Demand and digital platforms. Gary Graff, cleveland, "Joe Walsh VetsAid concert, Cyndi Lauper & Friends gig top this week’s online concerts," 9 Dec. 2020 But its producer, Roger Ailes, would go on to be the impresario of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel, whose slogan, ironically, would echo the language of the Fairness Doctrine. Al Franken, Star Tribune, "Bring Americans together? Good luck with that!," 11 Nov. 2020 Together with the South Side impresario Alton Abraham, Ra began a series of business ventures, many of which didn’t last. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Earth Couldn’t Contain Sun Ra’s Ideas. His Arkestra Is Still Exploring Them.," 27 Oct. 2020 Many items were purchased from friends or acquaintances, such as the Bolivian art collector Jaime Ortiz-Patiño and the oil impresario C. Michael Paul. Francesco Lagnese, Town & Country, "Farewell to a Fifth Avenue Home Famed for Its Old World Elegance and Charm," 23 Oct. 2020

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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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“Impresario.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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

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