Definition of mastermind in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmastərˌmīnd/


1A person with an outstanding intellect: an eminent musical mastermind
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  • Guitarist and producer Dave is a PhD student at Columbia, and a musical mastermind.
  • One of the most refreshing aspects of the album is that this is a European album, from a German musical mastermind, that doesn't sound like it should remain on the European continent.
  • It turns out that he's currently working on a project with my favorite Ethiopian musical mastermind.
genius, mind, intellect, author, architect, organizer, originator, prime mover, initiator, inventor
informal brain, brains, ideas man
1.1Someone who plans and directs an ingenious and complex scheme or enterprise: the mastermind behind the project
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  • Unfortunately, there was an accident and she was taken in by the mastermind behind the plan.
  • He had been the mastermind behind the whole plan, I was sure he could get us out of all of this trouble.
  • But you need a thoroughbred forensic expert to put the pieces together, to search for the missing links, to finally point fingers at the mastermind behind a crime.


[with object]
Plan and direct (an ingenious and complex scheme or enterprise): he was accused of masterminding a gold-smuggling racket
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  • But now the wannabe mechanic has masterminded an innovative scheme to help put both himself and other youngsters on the road to success.
  • Now we should introduce you to the man alleged to have masterminded the scheme.
  • In effect the children transformed themselves into pop impresarios - masterminding a campaign to propel a band called X-Factor into the charts and on to superstardom.
plan, control, direct, be in charge of, run, conduct, organize, arrange, preside over, orchestrate, stage-manage, engineer, manage, coordinate;
conceive, devise, originate, initiate, think up, frame, hatch, come up with
informal be the brains behind

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Syllabification: mas·ter·mind

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