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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The world’s monetary maestros are eager to leave behind the near-zero interest rates that have prevailed since the financial crisis. The Economist, "The global economy is on a knife-edge," 27 June 2019 También es emblemático de las intensas luchas de un activista cultural afroecuatoriano y maestro narrador de cuentos llamado Juan García Salazar, quien donó el banquito al museo en 2005. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019 Norwegian maestro Caroline Graham Hansen will be playing her club football for 2019 Champions League finalists Barcelona next season after recently securing a dream transfer from perennial German domestic champions Wolfsburg., "2019 Women's World Cup: Picking an All-Star European XI From Players at the Tournament," 7 June 2019 Clay court maestro Rafael Nadal advanced to the final with a win over frequent foe Roger Federer in the semis to reach his 12th career final at Roland Garros. Kevin Dotson, CNN, "The FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off a big sports weekend featuring the Belmont Stakes and NHL Stanley Cup Final," 7 June 2019 That young culinary maestro is 29-year-old Dominick Lee who takes his first step as an executive chef of a restaurant clearly aimed at greatness. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Poitin ready to charm its way into Houston foodie hearts," 10 May 2018 Named for his first owner, the former Wall Street maestro Jim Scatuorchio, and trained by Pletcher, Scat Daddy won the 2007 Florida Derby, then finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby, a tendon injury ending that career. Chuck Culpepper,, "Scat Daddy, sire who died in 2015, dominates Kentucky Derby field in 2018," 5 May 2018 He has been fined on obscenity charges in Japan, and while some critics consider him a maestro, others deem his work pornography. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "When an Erotic Photographer’s Muse Becomes His Critic," 5 May 2018 Gasaway concludes that what’s good is Washington’s defensive maestro Matisse Thybulle. Jon Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12 power rankings: As regular season winds down, UW still the clear favorite," 19 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of maestro

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

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