mae·​stro | \ ˈmī-(ˌ)strō \
plural maestros or maestri\ -​ˌstrē \

Definition of maestro

: a master usually in an art especially : an eminent composer, conductor, or teacher of music

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Synonyms & Antonyms for maestro


ace, adept, artist, authority, cognoscente, connoisseur, crackerjack (also crackajack), dab [chiefly British], dab hand [chiefly British], expert, fiend, geek, guru, hand, hotshot, master, maven (also mavin), meister, past master, proficient, scholar, shark, sharp, virtuoso, whiz, wizard


amateur, inexpert, nonexpert

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Examples of maestro in a Sentence

a maestro of the violin

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The 29-year-old's contract runs until 2021, with the midfield maestro making 60 appearances in two La Liga seasons for Sevilla, scoring 11 goals, and making nine assists after joining Sevilla in 2015 in a €15m move from then-Serie A side Palermo., "New West Ham United Boss Manuel Pellegrini Confident of Securing Signature for Argentine Playmaker," 9 July 2018 Your mini maestro can then use a computer program to hear their tune played by famous musicians. Arne Bostrom, Good Housekeeping, "14 New Toys Your Kids Will Be Wishing For," 20 Feb. 2015 In a standard orchestra piece, there is one maestro on the podium, leading all the players. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "109 Players. 3 Conductors. It’s Even Harder Than It Sounds.," 29 June 2018 Some of those have used taped orchestral backing, but the centerpiece of all Felder’s shows, which mostly have been performed at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago, is the maestro himself, seated at a Steinway. Chris Jones,, "A letter from Russia adds some interesting politics to Hershey Felder's 'Our Great Tchaikovsky'," 18 Apr. 2018 Coupette Gordon's Wine Bar Scout Untitled Owner Tony Conigliaro, a cult cocktail maestro, has been nicknamed the Heston Blumenthal of drinks. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Bars in London," 1 Mar. 2018 This biographical detail is especially ironic for Clinton, the prolific maestro who got the world dancing to Parliament Funkadelic, a psychedelic musical collective that's indistinguishable from rainbow dreads and technolocolor Afrofuturist garb. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "George Clinton on Jumping Out of Spaceships in 9-Inch Heels and That Time He Called Out Prince," 23 Oct. 2018 Chicago director Rob Marshall is at the helm of Mary Poppins Returns, and Hamilton maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda appears as Jack the Lamplighter, which means the musical moments in this movie will be ridiculously on-point. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Emily Blunt Is Absolute Magic in the First Full Mary Poppins Returns Trailer," 17 Sep. 2018 Following Germany's shock exit in the group stages of this year's World Cup, the maestro will have a longer summer break than originally expected., "Toni Kroos Ends Manchester United Transfer Speculation by Reiterating Contract Promise," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of maestro

1724, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maestro

Italian, literally, master, from Latin magister — more at master

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The first known use of maestro was in 1724

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English Language Learners Definition of maestro

: a man who is an expert at writing, conducting, or teaching music

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