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 other is Nikola Tesla (Ethan Hawke), the maestro of alternating current, who was born in 1856, in a remote village in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and became an American citizen in 1891. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "What Would Nikola Tesla Make of a MacBook?," 21 Aug. 2020 Lucky because Eilish is a true maestro of the streaming age. Washington Post, "That voice inside your head is Billie Eilish telling you to vote," 20 Aug. 2020 Local opera and musical-theater veterans Morgan Davis Peckels, Bryan Hayes, Desiree Montes, David Bracamonte, Sarah Stead and Jacob Pence will sing, as Space Coast Symphony maestro Aaron Collins conducts. Matthew J. Palm,, "Let’s look forward, Orlando: Wanzie’s ‘Ladies,’ Grammy celebration, a ‘Great Comet’ and Cirque," 5 Aug. 2020 The late Mary Holbrook, a white-haired maestro in the British cheesemaking world, was known for her soft cheeses and her sharp temper. Ruby Tandoh, The New Yorker, "How a Cheese Goes Extinct," 2 Aug. 2020 With a spot in the tournament semifinals on the line, could the Timbers beat New York City FC without their maestro? oregonlive, "Diego Valeri leads Portland Timbers to comeback win over NYCFC in MLS is Back quarterfinals," 1 Aug. 2020 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

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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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12 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Maestro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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