master of ceremonies

noun phrase

Definition of master of ceremonies 

1 : a person who determines the forms to be observed on a public occasion

2 : a person who acts as host at a formal event

3 : a person who acts as host for a program of entertainment (as on television)

First Known Use of master of ceremonies

circa 1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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