Share this entry

Share this page

emcee

Line breaks: emcee
Pronunciation: /ɛmˈsiː
 
/
informal

Definition of emcee in English:

noun

1A master of ceremonies: a tuxedoed emcee strode to the middle of the stage
More example sentences
  • There will be an emcee to conduct quizzes and give away prizes and freebies.
  • It was a great evening - the comedians were hilarious (Scott Falconbridge was the emcee, Dana Alexander was one comedian, and Mike Dambra was the headliner).
  • After the obnoxious announcer, who clearly wished he had been bestowed with the honour of actually being counted as a storyteller and not simply the emcee, I was not in a mood most receptive to storytelling.
2An MC at a club or party.
Example sentences
  • For reasons that will be explained later, the highlights of 1st Class are the tracks that feature guest emcees.
  • Also, keep your eyes peeled for a super tour headlined by supa emcees De La Soul, as well as a touchdown from Chicago's finest, Common.
  • Hip-hop rose in urban centers, launched by breakdancers and carried forward by emcees, DJs and graffiti artists.

verb (emcees, emceeing, emceed)

Back to top  
1 [with object] Act as a master of ceremonies at (an entertainment or large social occasion): he was scheduled to emcee Sunday’s award show
More example sentences
  • Diamond Dave ably emceed the party and entertained all throughout.
  • Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw will emcee the event.
  • CBC radio announcer Katherine Duncan will emcee the event, which is put on by the the Book Publishers Association and the Writers Guild of Alberta.
2 [no object] Perform as an MC: (as noun emceeing) a three-hour-long mix of DJ’ing and emceeing
More example sentences
  • Still, some of the greatest emcees I know are some of my favorite poets i.e., Nas, Kweli, Method, Lauryn, Common, Mos, Jay Z etc., and I can't wait to publish their poems in book form.
  • I'm afraid the night turned ugly when it came time for the emcee to start emceeing, his trippy Dr. Octagon-esque flow turning sour inside of a minute, his subjects centering around a similar cosmic subject matter.
  • I gradually got more involved in the scene, and from that came the rapping and the emceeing.

Origin

1930s (originally US): representing a pronunciation of MC.

Definition of emcee in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

More on emcee

Nearby words


Translate emcee

into Spanish
Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈʃprɑːxɡəˌfuːl
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…