master of ceremonies

noun phrase

: a person who determines the forms to be observed on a public occasion
: a person who acts as host at a formal event
: a person who acts as host for a program of entertainment (as on television)

Examples of master of ceremonies in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the master of ceremonies for the evening, Maki Fukuda and Kanade of the comedy trio 3 Ji no Heroine, announced the start of the event, Nishina kicked off the show. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 8 Nov. 2023 And that was something where Puffy really was adept at being this incredible dot connector, master of ceremonies. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 29 Sep. 2023 Jamie Foxx served as master of ceremonies that night. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Yoshida was a celebrity in the yakuza world, famous for his skills as a master of ceremonies in yakuza rituals. Jake Adelstein, Rolling Stone, 17 Oct. 2023 Kenyan President William Ruto, who acted as the summit’s host and master of ceremonies, said Africa had 60 percent of the world’s renewable energy potential and nearly one-third of the minerals crucial to electrifying industries that are currently dependent on planet-warming fossil fuels. Max Bearak,, 6 Sep. 2023 Collectors took turns handing over ancient 78s to a master of ceremonies who laid them reverently on the turntable. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 20 Sep. 2023 This year, Susan Mott, president of the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association, served as master of ceremonies. Kevin Dayhoff, Baltimore Sun, 16 Sep. 2023 Finally, the writer Pete Hamill, the master of ceremonies, said there was one more guest. James Barron, New York Times, 21 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

master of ceremonies

: a person who acts as host at a formal event or on an entertainment program (as on television)

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