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[im-pruh-sahr-ee-oh, -sair-] /ˌɪm prəˈsɑr iˌoʊ, -ˈsɛər-/
noun, plural impresarios.
a person who organizes or manages public entertainments, especially operas, ballets, or concerts.
any manager, director, or the like.
Origin of impresario
1740-50; < Italian, equivalent to impres(a) impresa + -ario -ary Unabridged
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  • He had never allowed himself to regret his answer to the impresario.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • The impresario that provides the opera could not sing nor dance.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • Elsa also made her début in a few weeks; I was her impresario.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • Tell me, how came you to know that Coralie loves her impresario?

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • Neither the maestro, nor the impresario, nor the waiting-woman had heard of her.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for impresario


noun (pl) -sarios
a producer or sponsor of public entertainments, esp musical or theatrical ones
the director or manager of an opera, ballet, or other performing company
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, literally: one who undertakes; see impresa
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Word Origin and History for impresario

1746, from Italian impresario "operatic manager," literally "undertaker (of a business)," from impresa "undertaking," fem. of impreso, past participle of imprendere "undertake," from Vulgar Latin imprendere, from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, onto" (see in- (2)) + prehendere "to grasp" (see prehensile).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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impresario in Culture
impresario [(im-pruh-sahr-ee-oh, im-pruh-sair-ee-oh)]

A sponsor or producer of entertainment, especially someone who works with opera or ballet companies or performers of classical music.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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