impresario

noun
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 apprehend, comprehend, and prehensile.) English speakers were impressed enough with impresario to borrow it in the 1700s, at first using it, as the Italians did, especially of opera company managers. It should be noted that, despite their apparent similarities, impress and impresario are not related. Impress is a descendant of the Latin pressare, a form of the verb premere, which means "to press."

Examples of impresario in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The attorney represented the marijuana boss and nightclub impresario Richard Byrd, who trafficked marijuana across the country and was indicted in 2014. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 17 Dec. 2021 Ravenell represented a marijuana boss and nightclub impresario named Richard Byrd, who trafficked marijuana across the country and was indicted in 2014. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 The entrepreneur and club impresario is known as one of the party purveyors of the city’s nightlife scene. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 31 Oct. 2021 When Rick Rubin, the hip-hop and metal impresario, began reviving Cash’s career in 1993, the country legend was languishing on the scrap heap of showbiz. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, 7 Dec. 2021 Ravenell represented a marijuana boss and nightclub impresario named Richard Byrd, who trafficked marijuana across the country and was indicted in 2014. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Ravenell represented a marijuana boss and nightclub impresario named Richard Byrd, who trafficked marijuana across the country and was indicted in 2014. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, 12 Nov. 2021 As the impresario behind famed restaurants like Union Square Café and Gramercy Tavern, Meyer is intimately aware of every aspect of the restaurant business, and its famously thin margins. Chris Taylor, Fortune, 22 Dec. 2021 The Infowars impresario and his camera crew had accosted a man escorting three Latino children and their mothers to a Catholic Charities relief center in McAllen, Texas, on the border with Mexico. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impresario. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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impresario

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English Language Learners Definition of impresario

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

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