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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Examples of maestro in a Sentence

a maestro of the violin

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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 Furthermore, the maestro’s first trip to the UAE seemed to strike a positive personal note, with Petrenko acknowledging the country’s commitment to artistic diversity. Ana Khan, Houston Chronicle, "Upcoming classical music performances in Houston," 10 May 2018 The City team is stacked with talent and can hurt Newcastle in numerous areas and in numerous ways, but Rafa Benitez would be foolish to not pit extra attention on dealing with the Belgian maestro and limiting his offensive output on the day., "Manchester City vs Newcastle United Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Prediction & More," 19 Jan. 2018 Image The maestro pipeline between Dallas and New York is now flowing in both directions. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Fabio Luisi Will Follow Jaap van Zweden as Conductor in Dallas," 4 June 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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