Definition of master of ceremonies in US English:

master of ceremonies


  • A person who introduces speakers, players, or entertainers.

    ‘the Master of Ceremonies will announce the cake-cutting’
    • ‘One story tells of a committee that did this, telling the master of ceremonies to warn speakers that if they went past the allotted time, they would be mowed down with a sharp bang of the gavel.’
    • ‘To add spice to the event, well-known TV personalities were introduced as the masters of ceremonies.’
    • ‘And after what seemed like an eternity, the master of ceremonies finally emerged to announce him as the next performer.’
    • ‘The expert master of ceremonies presided over this sale where he encouraged brisk purchasing.’
    • ‘The master of ceremonies introduced the program and was also a performer or musician in the show.’
    • ‘It is a good idea to have someone acting as master of ceremonies and introducing speakers.’
    • ‘And because there was no official programme, the master of ceremonies started asking any musician in the house to step forward and sing, including those who were evidently inebriated.’
    • ‘During the latest bachelor party, a man in an ape suit served as master of ceremonies as guests were required to answer a series of riddles.’
    • ‘The master of ceremonies interrupted the speaker to remind the audience not to repeat questions that had already been asked.’
    • ‘The master of ceremonies should announce the national anthem and instruct participants to stand.’
    • ‘Also, inform the master of ceremonies how you would like to be introduced: Mr. and Mrs. Smith or John and Jane Doe.’
    • ‘Spliced between performances were the results of the raffle, chosen by little helpers who pulled names out of brown paper bags for the master of ceremonies to announce.’
    • ‘Ned, who performed the role of master of ceremonies at the centre's launch night, said the centre has given him a lot more confidence and its literacy course has particularly improved his reading and writing skills.’
    • ‘The optimistic master of ceremonies at the maypole dance calls on the legions of Swedes and a smattering of drenched, bemused tourists, to encircle the 50 ft-tall trunk of decorated beech.’
    • ‘She has been the master of ceremonies for 55 events.’
    • ‘As in other fields, the age limit of compères, master of ceremonies and television anchors is coming down in Kerala.’
    • ‘Everyone was kept in high spirits throughout the night by the master of ceremonies who entertained everybody with his unique blend of comedy and wit.’
    • ‘Micheal will be master of ceremonies for the night along with guest speakers.’
    • ‘Friday's event will also have the radio jockey as the master of ceremonies.’
    • ‘For example military bands were introduced and so forth, and the master of ceremonies was brought in to lead the crowd in community singing, just to give them something to do before the kick-off.’


master of ceremonies

/ˈmæstər əv/