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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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

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Examples of maestro in a Sentence

a maestro of the violin

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This particular hue is favored by maestro Michael Tilson Thomas, who was honored with his husband, Joshua Robison, as MTT embarks on his 25th, and final, season with this organization he’s conducted to world-class prominence. Catherine Bigelow,, "Symphony & Opera galas pull out all the stops with over-the-top spectacle," 9 Sep. 2019 That's when the two-minute drill maestro conducted another masterpiece. Christopher Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Aaron Rodgers, Packers have dealt Bears some devastating losses. Here are QB's five biggest moments," 5 Sep. 2019 The Swiss researchers relied on a harmonic perspective to decode the maestro's distinctive compositional style. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Roll over, Beethoven: Decoding the maestro’s musical style with statistics," 3 Aug. 2019 Despite its manifest success, the collection of drawings, paintings, sculptures and other works by the Renaissance maestro did not threaten the museum’s top two exhibits. Peter Libbey, New York Times, "Michelangelo Makes the Met’s Top 10 List," 13 Feb. 2018 The maestro is first-year offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell, who starred at quarterback at Florida in the 1980s. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South Florida's new offensive scheme should be a good test for UW's defense, which struggled in 2018," 29 Aug. 2019 Trick-pass maestro (and future Donald Trump aide) Johnny McEntee held onto the gig in 2011... then lost it to Chandler Whitmer the next year. Alex Putterman,, "Mike Beaudry is UConn’s starting quarterback. But can he keep the job?," 29 Aug. 2019 Midfield maestro Alejandro Pozuelo was unavailable for the match (ankle injury), so FC Cincinnati's technical staff might have to beat the bushes around the league to get a feel for how Toronto's likely to line up on Saturday. Pat Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati storylines: Toronto FC date looming," 24 July 2019 My excitement about meeting a maestro helped to insure my recollection of the third course. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Indelible Substance of a Semester with Toni Morrison," 7 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of maestro

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

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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