im·​pre·​sa·​rio | \ˌim-prə-ˈsär-ē-ˌō, -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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Kanye West fired off a Twitter fusillade Thursday that appeared to herald an upcoming burst of creativity from the influential rapper, producer, and fashion impresario. Danny Mcdonald,, "Fresh shoes, new albums, philosophical koans: There’s a lot to unpack in these Kanye West tweets," 20 Apr. 2018 So why has this generation of stage, television and cinematic impresarios found new resonance in this old form of communalism? A. O. Scott, New York Times, "The Return of the Artistic Company," 18 Feb. 2018 What’s Nicole Kidman doing here as Boadicea, a tatty club impresario and wannabe style guru who envisions Zan as the Next Big Thing? Ty Burr,, "‘How to Talk to Girls’ makes a Mothership connection," 30 May 2018 There’s a boisterous, querulous argument in the back room of a bar between characters played by Mr. Reed and Kip Hanrahan, the recording artist and musical impresario; Mr. Hanrahan’s white radical posture generates no small amusement. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: ‘Personal Problems,’ a Look at African-American Life in 1980 New York," 29 Mar. 2018 Rob Sherwood, a pioneering dance-club impresario and one of Cleveland's most influential DJs, passed away on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. John Petkovic,, "Rob Sherwood, a pioneering DJ and dance club impresario, has passed away," 21 Feb. 2018 The 1990 movie features staples from the original 1940s comic books, including Nazi supervillain Red Skull (though the producer, late B-movie impresario Menahem Golan, decreed he become Italian to avoid offending the German market). Adam Thompson, WSJ, "The ‘Captain America’ You Probably Missed," 18 June 2018 Conceived by visual arts impresario Fred Bidwell and modeled after major European art festivals, FRONT is the most ambitious regional art exhibition ever staged in Northeast Ohio. Steven Litt,, "A glimpse of Cleveland's global exhibition in the making with FRONT director (photos)," 13 May 2018 The judges were the event’s host, Guy Fieri, celebrity fashion designer Zac Posen, Miami nightlife impresario David Grutman, Food Network chef Marc Murphy and reality television personality Jonathan Cheban, who calls himself the Food God. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "It turns out, Miami is home to two of the very best burgers in the country | Miami Herald," 24 Feb. 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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