impresario was our Word of the Day on 01/12/2009. Hear the podcast!
Recent Examples of impresario from the Web
Time, 31, has been hosting trivia for nine years under the banner of local game night impresario Curtis Earth.
Initially flavored with coffee, wine and pepper, hot chocolate finally achieved liftoff in the early 1700s when English and Dutch impresarios hit on the idea of adding milk and sugar.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'impresario'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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.")
Origin and Etymology of impresario
Italian, from impresa undertaking, from imprendere to undertake, from Vulgar Latin *imprehendere — more at emprise
First Known Use: 1746
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)
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up impresario? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).