spy·​mas·​ter | \ ˈspī-ˌma-stər How to pronounce spymaster (audio) \

Definition of spymaster

: the head of a ring of spies : a director of intelligence

Examples of spymaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the early morning hours of September 23, 1780, three American militiamen captured the dashing British spymaster John André near Tarrytown, New York. Claire Bellerjeau And Tiffany Yecke Brooks, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2022 As a spymaster and security official in the 2000s, MBN had led the country’s domestic war against al‑Qaeda, and in the process had become well connected with counterparts in Washington and London. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 Kilmeade places 355 in the social circle of British spymaster and legendary party-thrower John André. Bill Bleyer, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2022 The Quds Force was on the U.S. list of terrorist groups since 2007, and Soleimani, long considered to be Iran's spymaster, commanded the forces that repeatedly attacked and killed U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. Michael Lee, Fox News, 6 Jan. 2022 Yes, this spurs the elves to action with Francesca leading her people into Redania to exact revenge on King Vizimir and his spymaster, Sigismund Dijkstra (Graham McTavish). Erik Kain, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 In this case, the last novel by British spymaster John le Carré, who died in December at 89. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, 22 Sep. 2021 The character of Malory Archer — a foul-mouthed, martini-swilling spymaster and mother of series protagonist Stirling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) — was explicitly modeled after Lucille Bluth, the boozy matriarch Walter played on Arrested Development. Christian Holub, EW.com, 13 July 2021 For example, the role of Malory on the comedy Archer, which debuted in 2009, was essentially Lucille Bluth reborn—wicked, wounded—as a cartoon spymaster. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 26 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of spymaster

1938, in the meaning defined above

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24 May 2022

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“Spymaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spymaster. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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