[im-pruh-sahr-ee-oh, -sair-]

noun, plural im·pre·sa·ri·os.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for impresario

director, sponsor

Examples from the Web for impresario

Contemporary Examples of impresario

Historical Examples of impresario

  • 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

  • Tell me, how came you to know that Coralie loves her impresario?

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope

  • Elsa also made her début in a few weeks; I was 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 plural -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 for impresario

C18: from Italian, literally: one who undertakes; see impresa
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 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

impresario in Culture


[(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.

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