master of ceremonies

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n master of ceremonies a person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Master of ceremonies an officer who determines the forms to be observed, or superintends their observance, on a public occasion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Master of ceremonies the person who directs the form and order of the ceremonies to be observed on some public occasion
    • Master of ceremonies &c. (see Ceremonies, Rolls, &c.)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. maistre (Fr. maître)—L. magister, from root of magnus, great.

Usage

In literature:

Mark Antony was master of ceremonies at the table, giving directions to Caesar and Pompey.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Into it stepped the master of ceremonies.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
The Masters of Ceremony stop inside, and cross their rods, while the others proceed towards the East.
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
Brother Bates acted as master of ceremonies.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
But the master of ceremonial, at first too panic-stricken to intervene, now summons the sansculotte guards from the ground below.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
He called himself master of the ceremonies, and his duty was obviously to provide for the entertainment of the guests.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
That master of ceremonies seemed to think you are the most dashing soldier since Jeb Stuart.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
DIARY, of a Master of the Ceremonies, ii.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
The master of the ceremonies introduced to her a very gentlemanlike young man as a partner; his name was Tilney.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Again Weldon, recognised master of ceremonies now, opened the door, this time for the doctor.
"The Strange Cases of Dr. Stanchon" by Josephine Daskam Bacon
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In news:

Sig Hansen of TV's "Deadliest Catch" will return to New Orleans as master of ceremonies for this year's Great American Seafood Cook-Off with chef Cory Bahr, 2011 Louisiana Seafood King.
The Kent Community Dinner, "Celebrating World Cultures Through Music," will be held at 5:30 pm Nov 17 at the Kent United Methodist Church, 1435 E Main St The master of ceremonies will be Jack Amhrein.
Before a Veterans Day ceremony in Spokane, Wash. Master Sgt Jason Young with his son Cooper, age 3, place flags next to gravestones of US military veterans on Nov 11, 2012.
For the dedication event, Glenn Anderson will be the master of ceremonies, while Gary Wilken, who played on the 1964 Lathrop championship team, will speak about Joe's life.
In the foreground from left are dedication master of ceremonies Larry Caufield, the Rev.
David Warke, homeless grant and per diem coordinator at VAMC, organized this year's meeting and was the master of ceremonies.
Today, I will be taking part as an afternoon speaker at the NCBA Masters of Beef Advocacy commencement ceremony.
Sarah Silverman was Master of Ceremonies.
Stormin' Norm is among the expected guests, and former Missouri guard Jon Sundvold is master of ceremonies.
Hunter will serve as master of ceremonies.
Hays will return as master of ceremonies.
Our master of ceremonies Charlie Sloth has a Skype chat to the DJs about their sets, their wildest parties and what it takes to have a great House Party .
Ken will be the master of ceremonies for a special Diabetes Seminar sppnsored by the Community Health Center of Branch County May 6.
René Auberjonois was an amusing master of ceremonies.
Nov 23, 2012 (Talk of the Nation) — The Ig Nobel Prizes honor scientific research that, in the words of Master of Ceremonies Marc Abrahams, "first makes you laugh, and then makes you think".
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