[ im-pruh-sahr-ee-oh, -sair- ]
/ ˌɪm prəˈsɑr iˌoʊ, -ˈsɛər- /

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.

Nearby words

  1. impredicative,
  2. impregnable,
  3. impregnate,
  4. impregnation,
  5. impresa,
  6. imprescriptible,
  7. impress,
  8. impressed,
  9. impressible,
  10. impression

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

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British Dictionary definitions for impresario


/ (ˌɪmprəˈsɑːrɪˌəʊ) /

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

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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

Culture definitions for 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.

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