emceed; emcees; emceeing

The host for a performance or event can be called an emcee. If you're chosen to be the emcee for the school talent show, you'll introduce each juggler, singer, or comedian before they come onstage.

Emcee was coined in the 1930s from the pronunciation of M.C., which is short for master of ceremonies. The emcee plays an important role in many forms of entertainment, as well as business events and other gatherings. Emcees introduce speakers at conventions, tell jokes and announce winners at awards ceremonies, and get the crowd excited between acts at comedy shows. You can even think of a circus ringmaster as a particularly flashy emcee.

Definitions of emcee
  1. noun
    a person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)
    synonyms: host, master of ceremonies
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    Edward Vincent Sullivan
    United States host on a well known television variety show (1902-1974)
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    British term for someone who introduces television acts or cabarets etc
    Lord of Misrule
    a person appointed master of revels at a Christmas celebration
    question master, quizmaster
    the host or chairman of a radio or tv quiz show or panel game
    the person in charge of performances in a circus ring
    symposiarch, toastmaster
    the person who proposes toasts and introduces speakers at a banquet
    toast mistress
    a woman toastmaster
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    a person who tries to please or amuse
  2. verb
    act as a master of ceremonies
    synonyms: compere
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    be the host of or for
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