ring·​mas·​ter | \ ˈriŋ-ˌma-stər How to pronounce ringmaster (audio) \

Definition of ringmaster

: one in charge of performances in a ring (as of a circus) broadly : a supervisor or moderator especially of a performance or presentation the ringmaster of a talk show

Examples of ringmaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So after a few, maybe dozens of people contract or unknowingly spread COVID-19, Dana White, the bearded and bald ringmaster, should visit a local ICU, where 3,000 Americans are going to die today. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: The world has changed, but let’s keep baseball the same," 8 May 2020 Calder appears as the character Piggy Logan, a thick-handed ringmaster whose circus act symbolizes the wasteful frivolity of the era’s idle rich. Rachel Corbett, The Atlantic, "Art in Motion," 12 Apr. 2020 In his sixth year as Reds manager, Anderson had risen from obscurity to become the ringmaster of an all-star circus. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: You think you know how the 1975 World Series turned out. Do you really?," 28 Mar. 2020 In his role as ringmaster and reality host, Mr. Trump introduced the bereaved parents of Kayla Mueller, the American aid worker who in 2015 was raped and slain in Syria by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "The State of Our Union Is . . . Entertaining," 5 Feb. 2020 In his role as ringmaster of all things Music Biz, Donio pulled back the curtain on the upcoming conference. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Inside Music Biz 2019: The Power Summit's Chief James Donio On Six Decades Of Industry Shake-Ups & Top Concerns Today," 29 Apr. 2019 As the unofficial ringmaster of baseball’s offseason circus, Boras controls the tempo more than any other individual. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Baseball’s hot stove league could use an NBA-style spark after the slow pace of the last few offseasons," 10 Nov. 2019 The alternative is allowing Trump to be the ringmaster of a circus that could last for months. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Trump is getting the band back together," 17 Jan. 2020 Anna Watts for The New York Times Storm Marrero is the first Afro-Latina singing ringmaster for the Big Apple Circus, which is running through Feb. 2 next to Lincoln Center. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "How the Big Apple Circus Ringmaster Spends Her Sundays," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of ringmaster

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Ringmaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringmaster. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ringmaster

: a person whose job is to introduce the performers in a circus and to talk to the audience between performances

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