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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The first known use of master of ceremonies was circa 1610

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“Master of ceremonies.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of master of ceremonies

: a person who introduces guests, speakers, or performers at a formal event

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