mae·​stro ˈmī-(ˌ)strō How to pronounce maestro (audio)
plural maestros or maestri ˈmī-ˌstrē How to pronounce maestro (audio)
: a master usually in an art
especially : an eminent composer, conductor, or teacher of music

Examples of maestro in a Sentence

a maestro of the violin
Recent Examples on the Web His latest book, The Jazzmen: How Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie Transformed America, looks at how these three maestros wrote the soundtrack for the civil rights revolution. Larry Tye, Billboard, 8 May 2024 This year, the spotlight fell on Sir John, the maestro behind Beyoncé’s iconic looks, who transformed GOSPEL NYC into a haven of beauty, creativity, and pure celebration. Grace Bukunmi, Essence, 8 May 2024 He’s made his own mind-expanding New York connections, playing with Cuban pianist Axel Tosca and Puerto Rican bass maestro John Benitez, whose music has been steeped in kindred rhythms defined by clave, the fundamental Afro-Cuban rhythmic pattern. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, 7 May 2024 By the 1960s, all three maestros were in the money, with Louis the richest of all. Larry Tye, Fortune, 4 May 2024 The maestro is said to have used his pencil not only to write with, but also to feel the vibrations of his piano, pressing one end of the wooden rod to the instrument while holding the other end between his teeth. S. I. Rosenbaum, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2024 Ryan takes the baton As for Ryan, the CSO’s 12th maestro addressed a group of community leaders and philanthropists Tuesday night at a gathering at Bank of America headquarters in uptown. Adam Bell, Charlotte Observer, 3 Apr. 2024 It might be hoped the maestro himself drops by, but his name and reputation are being kept at a lofty level by his long-time colleague Pierre Shutz. John Mariani, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 With maestro Gianandrea Noseda’s first European tour with the NSO just weeks away, the weekend’s program — which welcomes the orchestra’s future tourmate, pianist Seong-Jin Cho — offered a chance to look and listen ahead. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Italian, literally, master, from Latin magister — more at master

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of maestro was in 1607

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“Maestro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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mae·​stro ˈmī-strō How to pronounce maestro (audio)
plural maestros or maestri -ˌstrē How to pronounce maestro (audio)
: a master of an art and especially of music

from Italian maestro, literally "master," from Latin magister "master, one who holds a higher political office" — related to magistrate, master

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