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Khaled is a 41-year-old hip-hop impresario with a long and varied list of accomplishments, while Harris is a 33-year-old Scotsman whose electronic dance creations have been ubiquitous for the better part of a decade.
Its current popularity stems in part from the mystique surrounding some of its impresarios, people like Big Moe, a water treatment plant operator who has risen to become something of a celebrity pitmaster.
Frank Sinatra played the streetwise impresario Nathan Detroit in the 1955 film adaptation; Marlon Brando portrayed the high-stakes gambler Sky Masterson.
Randy Cheramie gives a larger-than-life performance as the cowboy turned bold impresario Buffalo Bill.
Time, 31, has been hosting trivia for nine years under the banner of local game night impresario Curtis Earth.
Scaramucci is the impresario of the annual SALT conference, which draws legions from the hedge fund industry to Las Vegas.
The impresario's death touched many, far beyond the City of Angels' borders.
Now, the Internet impresarios are teaming up at Infowars, Jones's hard-right website that streams his daily talk show.
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Did You Know?
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.")
IMPRESARIO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impresario for English Language Learners
: a person who manages a performance (such as a concert or play)
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