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[band-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈbændˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
the conductor of a military band, circus band, etc.
Origin of bandmaster
First recorded in 1855-60; band1 + master Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • No, these two—the bandmaster, the fellow who's taking these women about and our Schomberg.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • “I think that you should ask your sister first,” suggested the bandmaster.

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    Robert W. Chambers
  • It really looks,” said the bandmaster, “as though we might fight, after all.

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    Robert W. Chambers
  • It must have been some other bandmaster—not Captain Stanley.

    Special Messenger

    Robert W. Chambers
  • The bandmaster was always ready to help us in every way possible.

    A Soldier's Life Edwin G. Rundle
  • The bandmaster is invited to have a glass of port by the president of the mess.

    Some Naval Yarns Mordaunt Hall
  • “But they are all here,” the bandmaster answered, glancing round the poop.

    Brandon of the Engineers

    Harold Bindloss
  • Maar, bandmaster at Breslau, gave him his first instruction in counterpoint.

    Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
  • The bandmaster, with his back to the gathering, seemed rather agitated.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • The big soldier laughed, and told his comrades what the bandmaster had said.

British Dictionary definitions for bandmaster


the conductor of a band
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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