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ringmaster

[ring-mas-ter, -mah-ster]
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noun
  1. a person in charge of the performances in a circus ring.

Origin of ringmaster

First recorded in 1870–75; ring1 + master
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Examples from the Web for ringmaster

Historical Examples

  • And after we had quieted down a little, the ringmaster says: "As big as that?"

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    Eugene Wood

  • "Pretend it's all a joke," whispered the ringmaster fiercely.

  • The ringmaster and the clown came into the ring and faced the crowd.

    The Autobiography of a Clown

    Isaac Frederick Marcosson

  • At the same time he carried on a running conversation with the ringmaster.

    The Autobiography of a Clown

    Isaac Frederick Marcosson

  • I was so slow that the ringmaster touched me up with his whip.

    The Autobiography of a Clown

    Isaac Frederick Marcosson


British Dictionary definitions for ringmaster

ringmaster

noun
  1. the master of ceremonies in a circus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ringmaster

n.

1842, from ring (n.1) in the circus sense + master (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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