Definition of emcee in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɛmˈsiː


  • 1A master of ceremonies: a tuxedoed emcee strode to the middle of the stage
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    • 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.
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    • 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)

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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.


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

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