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ringmaster

[ring-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈrɪŋˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
noun
1.
a person in charge of the performances in a circus ring.
Origin of ringmaster
1870-1875
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?"

    Back Home 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
  • The long whip he carried proclaimed his character as ringmaster.

    Letty and the Twins Helen Sherman Griffith
  • There was a slight pause and then Christopher reappeared in his costume as ringmaster.

    Letty and the Twins Helen Sherman Griffith
  • "Ladies and gentlemen, and all friends," began the ringmaster.

  • The ringmaster wore a vaguely Arabic costume, in all variations of red.

    Thy Rocks and Rills Robert Ernest Gilbert
  • You have no conception of the life a ringmaster leads before a fight.

    Thy Rocks and Rills Robert Ernest Gilbert
British Dictionary definitions for ringmaster

ringmaster

/ˈrɪŋˌmɑːstə/
noun
1.
the master of ceremonies in a circus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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Slang definitions & phrases for ringmaster

ringmaster

noun

A yardmaster (1940s+ Railroad)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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