spy·​mas·​ter ˈspī-ˌma-stər How to pronounce spymaster (audio)
: the head of a ring of spies : a director of intelligence

Examples of spymaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moments of slick banter between Jackson's spymaster Nick Fury and his British counterpart, played by Olivia Colman, are totally undercut by rote superhero storylines involving alien terrorists played by Emilia Clarke and Kingsley Ben-Adir. TIME, 13 Oct. 2023 Hines’ Allan can’t really do much more with his role than play up the film noir ambiance of spymaster scenes that have an inserted feeling. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2024 As Russian intelligence portrays it, the war pits the United States and Europe against Russia, with the Ukrainians serving merely as the puppets of their Western spymasters. Andrei Soldatov, Foreign Affairs, 27 Dec. 2023 The book ends with a doctor performing surgery on a bedroom table to save the life of his teen-age son, who has shot himself in the chest after killing a Nazi spymaster who made advances toward him. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 Only Frances Coffey, the CIA’s most legendary spymaster, can prevent it. Charna Flam, Variety, 28 Sep. 2023 Many wives functioned as clandestine extensions of their spymaster husbands. TIME, 18 Oct. 2023 Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents, and teams compete to contact all of their agents first with one-word clues that point to multiple words on the board. Cheryl Fenton, Parents, 27 Oct. 2023 And, after 11 appearances as Marvel’s one-eyed superhero-wrangling spymaster over 15 years, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury is finally getting his own standalone project. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 20 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spymaster was in 1938

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“Spymaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spymaster. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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