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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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 Photo: iStock/Getty Images The monetary maestros are even getting slightly more optimistic about 2019, lifting their growth projection to 2.5% from 2.4% in June. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Fed Gets Optimistic," 26 Sep. 2018 Drizzy gives the beat maestro a quick shout-out to kick things off. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Decoding All of Drake's References on 'In My Feelings'," 13 July 2018 City's Belgian maestro is reported to get £350,000 each week and is one of the Premier League's top earners as a result., "Raheem Sterling Fails to Agree New Man City Contract With Club & Player 'Poles Apart' Over Wages," 12 June 2018 Arsenal boss Unai Emery is pondering over a number of alternatives should midfielder maestro Aaron Ramsey not sign a new deal., "New Arsenal Boss Unai Emery Ponders Replacements as Star Man Aaron Ramsey Stalls Over New Contract," 10 July 2018 Born Edward Larry Gordon in 1943, composer, zither maestro, and experimental musician Laraaji has spent his life making music that captures humanity’s pulse and then some. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Zither maestro Laraaji continues exploring musical paths no one else can see," 21 June 2018 The maestro is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of his breakthrough 1993 performance at the Acropolis in Athens. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Thank Goodness Yanni Is Stepping In on the Raging Viral 'Yanny' Vs. 'Laurel' Debate," 17 May 2018 The 2018-19 schedule stands as the first one incorporating show orders from the network's entertainment chief Kelly Kahl, who previously served as the scheduling maestro solving each season's time slot puzzles for CBS. Yvonne Villarreal,, "CBS highlights 'Murphy Brown' revival and 'Magnum P.I.' reboot in fall schedule," 16 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of maestro

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

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