Definition of ringmaster in English:



  • The person directing a circus performance.

    • ‘Watching from many rows behind the center ring Marvin sits surrounded by eager children all of whom gaze at the ringmaster in awe.’
    • ‘There, standing on top of a rather large, dusty old theatrical trunk, projecting all the enthusiasm of a ringmaster on the opening night of the circus, was the magician.’
    • ‘They are part of a circular series of trades populated by sellers, buyers, buffers and ringmasters.’
    • ‘We can't go on tonight without a ringmaster, and your highwire magic show is the highlight of the Circus!’
    • ‘It was also in the 1970's that Mic joined the legendary Pram Factory Theatre in Melbourne, creating Soapbox Circus, where he was ringmaster, musician, juggler and acrobat.’
    • ‘Cromwell's role at Putney was first and foremost as chair and ringmaster.’
    • ‘Both men were considered only ‘foot soldiers’ in the affair and the ringmasters of the factory remain at large.’
    • ‘The ringmaster escorts the high-wire and animal acts into the rings.’
    • ‘Every carnival has a ringmaster and plenty of barkers, bearded ladies, strong men, wild animals and sad clowns.’
    • ‘If the Oscars are a circus, he's the ringmaster.’
    • ‘Lyons is the ringmaster controlling the hype on and off the field.’
    • ‘He was also, in his time, a superb ringmaster of French culture and the avant-garde.’
    • ‘The ringmaster thanks people for coming and ‘helping to support the world's endangered species.’’
    • ‘But for the past few weeks, due to her sickness, Chad, the ringmaster and manager of the circus refused to let her on the tightrope.’
    impresario, stage manager, publicist
    View synonyms