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

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His evolution from an incredulous redneck to an increasingly flashy ringmaster is a joy to watch. Jeffrey Gillespie| For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Elvis impersonator transforms into drag diva in endearing ‘Legend of Georgia McBride’," 10 June 2019 The Trump King Kong act, with the media as ringmaster and prod, has kept millions of frenzied Democratic voters screaming like Fay Wray for 22 months. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "A Referendum on Trump," 31 Oct. 2018 Stylist George Cortina offers kisses and welcomes to each, accustomed to his role as fashion ringmaster on shoots for photographers from Mikael Jansson to Mario Sorrenti. Andrew Goldman, WSJ, "10 of the World’s Most Celebrated Models Cover WSJ. Magazine’s Tenth Anniversary Issue," 15 Aug. 2018 In addition to serving as honorary ringmaster during one UniverSoul Circus performance in Houston, Prestage was also inspired to donate tickets for 50 Boys and Girls Club kids. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "UniverSoul Circus sneak peek performance thrills Fort Bend County kids," 11 June 2018 Since the circus closed, ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson moved to Orlando, Fla., and has been taking various jobs. John Clarke, WSJ, "What’s A Clown to Do After the Circus? One Is Running for Congress," 21 May 2018 Each component of the Lincoln Center complex got its own architect but Wallace Harrison, who designed the Opera House, was given the extra burden of being in charge of the whole complex, a kind of architectural ringmaster thrust into a lion's den. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "The origin story of a New York landmark is well told in 'The Opera House'," 15 Mar. 2018 Turns out, a hot late-June night and a stage accented with tiki torches was the perfect setting for a crowd eager to raise their beers and sing along with a happy-go-lucky presence like Currington as their ringmaster. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 3: BlocBoy JB, Billy Currington, MILCK and more," 30 June 2018 The ringmaster look also meant seeing multiple variations of the top hat, with full-sized toppers on some models and pint-sized versions on others in a variety of fabrications, including, but not limited to, gold metallics, florals and stripes. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of ringmaster

1845, in the meaning defined above

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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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