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 As Jesus, Eddie Ortega has the charisma to effectively serve as ringmaster of the chaos around him. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Garden’s spirited ‘Godspell’ isn’t Gospel perfect | Review," 24 Apr. 2021 But every performance, Alejandro dons his ringmaster costume and steps into the spotlight powered by that generator. National Geographic, "Episode 8: A Traveling Circus and its Great Escape," 15 Dec. 2020 Bronson was the affectionate, curious circus ringmaster, bringing a fearless palate and roughneck Queens charm to restaurants around the world. New York Times, "Action Bronson, Eater by Trade, Finds a New Craving: Fitness," 29 Mar. 2021 Maskless contestants soar jubilantly down its aisles, and the show’s ringmaster, Leslie Jones, turns in a virtuoso performance as the rare American thrilled to be working inside a grocery store. New York Times, "The Grocery Store of the Mind," 2 Mar. 2021 So who now takes the place of Rush Limbaugh as the media ringmaster of the right? New York Times, "Where Will Rush Limbaugh’s 15 Million Listeners Go Now?," 20 Feb. 2021 Saturday, June 26: The Beatles icon is the ringmaster for an evolving cast of respected musicians in live shows that are the stuff of word-of-mouth legend. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Hard Rock Live reschedules ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ Alicia Keys, Ringo Starr shows," 18 Feb. 2021 It was eventually passed down to Alejandro’s father, Eduardo, who in addition to running the circus, served as its ringmaster and performed with Alejandro’s mother. National Geographic, "Episode 8: A Traveling Circus and its Great Escape," 15 Dec. 2020 Once Curtis hung out her sign, Anderson took it upon himself to leave the balcony and go into the street, like a circus ringmaster, to call the crowd’s attention to the goings-on above. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Mardi Gras flashback: Texas artist, 65, says she was first to bare breasts for beads at Carnival," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ringmaster

1845, in the meaning defined above

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28 Apr 2021

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“Ringmaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringmaster. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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