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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of maestro in a Sentence

a maestro of the violin

Recent Examples on the Web

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 The maestro behind a $3.7 million chair and space jet has been visiting the Italian city for 30 years. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Industrial Designer Marc Newson Shares His Tips On Milan," 20 Dec. 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'maestro.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about maestro

Statistics for maestro

Last Updated

23 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for maestro

The first known use of maestro was in 1724

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for maestro



English Language Learners Definition of maestro

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on maestro

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for maestro

Spanish Central: Translation of maestro

Nglish: Translation of maestro for Spanish Speakers

Comments on maestro

What made you want to look up maestro? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make a payment or contribution

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!