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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Figures ranged from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to film icon Steven Spielberg to music impresario Kanye West, which reinforced the idea that Lauren’s reach spans across cultures and industries to resonate with everyone. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Hillary, Kanye, Oprah—Inside Ralph Lauren’s Epic 50th Anniversary Show," 8 Sep. 2018 In 2005, Donald Trump kicked off a decade-long buying and spending spree, vastly expanding his hotel and golf-course empire and cementing his image as a brash impresario. Jonathan O’connell, The Seattle Times, "Donald Trump’s decade-long buying spree defied norms and tapped an unusual source," 8 Oct. 2018 Former foundation members McGrath and George Regan, the PR impresario , started the new group. Jon Chesto,, "Groups split over whether to revive Boston’s mounted police unit," 6 July 2018 After taking a season off from New York Fashion Week, everyone’s favorite singer turned fashion impresario is officially returning to the #NYFW schedule. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Will Show at New York Fashion Week," 23 Aug. 2018 On Monday, a spokesperson for Gov. Jay Inslee confirmed that Inslee is donating the money that the Seattle nightlife impresario gave his campaign to Planned Parenthood. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Fallout continues after accusations against Seattle nightlife entrepreneur David Meinert," 23 July 2018 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

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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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