verb (used with object), em·ceed, em·cee·ing.
verb (used without object), em·ceed, em·cee·ing.
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What does emcee mean?
An emcee is the person who serves as the host of an event by introducing performers, speakers, or other participants. It comes from the abbreviation MC, which stands for master of ceremonies.
Emcee is a less formal way of saying master of ceremonies. Both terms are used in the context of events like weddings, banquets, and awards ceremonies, but, of the two, emcee is more commonly used in less formal situations.
In hip-hop, emcee is often used as a synonym for rapper, especially one skilled at lyricism.
Emcee can also be used as a verb meaning to act as an emcee.
Example: The local radio DJ acted as the emcee and introduced the competitors of the breakdancing contest.
Where does emcee come from?
The term master of ceremonies has been used since at least the 1600s, originally referring to an official who presided over royal ceremonies. The first records of emcee come from the 1930s, from the U.S. The spelling emcee is based on what it sounds like when you say the abbreviation MC (for master of ceremonies). The spelling deejay—for DJ, standing for disc jockey—is formed the same way.
At some weddings, the DJ acts as the emcee. But at other weddings and many other kinds of events, there is a dedicated emcee. Their job is typically to serve as a host, speak to the audience, and keep the show or event on track by introducing speakers, performers, or any other people involved in the event.
In hip-hop, use of the word emcee (or MC) comes from the early days of rap, when a master of ceremonies would sometimes talk to the crowd while the DJ played music. Some of them started rhyming over the beat. While emcee is often used synonymously with rapper, some people make a distinction between the terms. A rapper considered an emcee is often one who is thought to elevate the level of artistry and skill, especially lyrically.
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How is emcee used in real life?
Emcee is commonly used in the context of weddings and other events where guests and performers need to be introduced. It is typically used more informally than the phrase it is based on—master of ceremonies.
yesterday I was asked to emcee the wedding of two beloved friends and I AM TOO EXCITED
— Sydney Smith (@BizSyd) September 21, 2018
Thanks to all who came out to the Last Laugh yesterday evening. My first time as emcee at the club and I had a ball. Next stop: Singapore!
— Isolated Vagabond 🌍🌎🌏 (@itsmarcusryan) March 10, 2013
Sometimes you hate a beat but accept the challenge because you know the end results will be great!! That’s what emcees do.. !
— phantom. (@therealstylesp) March 18, 2020
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The emcee is the person who is supposed to keep an event on track and will typically introduce speakers or performers.
Example sentences from the Web for emcee
At the same time she moonlighted for 11 years as the emcee of the Disney-syndicated game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Alan Cumming shimmered darkly and brilliantly as the emcee in the Cabaret performance.
The idea, presumably, is that booking a “big” name to emcee a reality-TV show will bring in more viewers.
As the music started up, Patsy proved the emcee and her father right.Pearl Harbor’s Anniversary Sparks Memories of a Long-Ago Dance Contest|Michael Daly|December 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Taking on the role of emcee, Jimmy Kimmel shared a few housekeeping reminders with the audience.White House Correspondents Dinner: 9 Best Moments (Video)|Brittany Jones-Cooper|April 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST