mae·​stro | \ ˈmī-(ˌ)strō How to pronounce maestro (audio) \
plural maestros or maestri\ ˈmī-​ˌstrē How to pronounce maestri (audio) \

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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My excitement about meeting a maestro helped to insure my recollection of the third course. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Indelible Substance of a Semester with Toni Morrison," 7 Aug. 2019 There were no women maestros, historically, and that was something really important to me — to do something that wasn’t yet done by women. Los Angeles Times, "Love her or hate her, Deborah Czeresko is the unlikely star of Netflix’s ‘Blown Away’," 31 July 2019 Napoli have also held on to midfield maestro Fabian Ruiz, who won 'Player of the Tournament' at this year's Under-21 European Championships, and have also added attacking midfielder Eljif Elmas to their central options., "Napoli: Gli Azzurri Could Finally End Juventus' Domestic Dominance Next Season," 30 July 2019 Carlyle exuberantly marshals the talents of the male dancers for the intricate waiters’ choreography in the Harmonia Gardens scene — a tribute to that maestro of golden-age Broadway hoofing, Gower Champion (who directed the original). Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Betty Buckley joins the ‘Hello, Dolly’ parade. And the pleasure of it doesn’t pass us by.," 6 June 2019 All four works were new additions to the maestro’s local repertory. John Von Rhein,, "Review: Muti, CSO draw convincing contrasts in music of Debussy and Tchaikovsky," 20 Apr. 2018 There aren't many midfielders for whom the description 'midfield maestro' seems to fit., "André Gomes: Why Everton's Midfield Maestro Is the Signing of the Summer," 27 July 2019 Performing with their jazz rhythm section and an orchestral section reminiscent of maestros such as David Axelrod and Quincy Jones, The Midnight Hour is sophisticated hip hop. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge Announce Tour as The Midnight Hour," 25 July 2019 National Symphony Orchestra at Art Enables: For 26 years running, the National Symphony Orchestra has hosted young maestros (ages 15 to 20) for a four-week intensive program of coaching and private lessons from NSO members. Washington Post, "14 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 22 July 2019

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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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