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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Examples of maestro in a Sentence

a maestro of the violin
Recent Examples on the Web The Cavaliers were up by one point in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets on March 7, and Matthew Dellavedova was in full maestro mode. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "How a place called AIS has sent Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Ben Simmons and others from Australia to the NBA," 20 May 2020 Perhaps the most telling explanation of why Levine was unscathed for so long can be found back in 2011, when the opera company was considering how to address its needs without firing its venerable, but ailing, maestro. Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, "Classical Music Has a ‘God Status’ Problem," 31 Jan. 2020 The attention to detail that the leading performers lavished on phrasing, articulation, attack, silences and various fine points instantly showed the maestro’s imprint. Howard Reich,, "Lyric Opera review: Music director designate Enrique Mazzola presents a high-stakes ‘Luisa Miller’," 13 Oct. 2019 Behind the camera, Causi was a maestro, capturing some of the most inspiring images of recent history. Kirsten Fleming, Washington Examiner, "Anthony Causi, 1971-2020," 16 Apr. 2020 Russell is a pick-and-roll maestro, something said about Garland coming out of Vanderbilt. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal, Eric Bledsoe? Who is Collin Sexton’s best NBA comparison? Hey, Chris!," 15 Apr. 2020 News broke Tuesday that Netflix has acquired the late maestro's bio-pic. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "DSO’s new 43-year-old maestro represents much more than a fresh face in Detroit," 22 Jan. 2020 Noble Drew Ali would have smiled to see Ornette Coleman, another shape-shifting maestro who traveled light-years from his Southern roots, share a stage with Morocco’s Master Musicians of Joujouka in 1973. Julian Lucas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 30 Mar. 2020 Finally healthy enough to embrace his role as a three-level maestro with a laser-strike of a first step, an array of finishing moves and a smooth touch, Jones (career-high 22 points) kept the Longhorns close with 14 first-half points. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Texas silences No. 22 Texas Tech and its rowdy fans with fourth-straight win," 29 Feb. 2020

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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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27 May 2020

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“Maestro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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