- an eminent composer, teacher, or conductor of music: Toscanini and other great maestros.
- (initial capital letter) a title of respect used in addressing or referring to such a person.
- a master of any art: the maestros of poetry.
Origin of maestro
Examples from the Web for maestro
She told me he insisted she called him Maestro: “I thought it was ridiculous and silly,” she said.Jon Ronson’s Book Bag: Five Books on Madness
November 20, 2012
At the opening, Clinton was very much the maestro, a mixture of MC and talk show host.Bill Clinton Opens His CGI Summit by Stressing the Urgency of His Mission
September 23, 2012
Peckinpah, for all his reputation as “Bloody Sam,” the maestro of screen violence, cuts that part by at least half.The Power of 'Straw Dogs'
September 19, 2011
That opinion is seconded by Eric Ripert, the maestro of Le Bernardin.Has Gordon Ramsay Gone Too Far?
September 29, 2010
“Ileana should be given her due,” Twombly comments today, slightly dismissive of the maestro.The Svengali of Pop Art
May 13, 2010
The maestro was an old man and chary of his words; yet even he was stirred to enthusiasm.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
Among the latter, Maestro Ticellini occupied the first place.
Salvani, as well as the maestro, looked wonderingly at the audience.
The maestro was not so enthusiastic as Messiani, but he promised to do what he could.Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing
Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini
One morning he said to me: 'The maestro Miller, he does not eat.'
- a distinguished music teacher, conductor, or musician
- any man regarded as the master of an art: often used as a term of address
- See maestro di cappella
Word Origin and History for maestro
"master of music, great teacher or composer," 1797, from Italian maestro, literally "master," from Latin magisterium, accusative of magister (see master (n.)). Applied in Italian to eminent musical composers. Meaning "conductor, musical director" is short for maestro di cappella (1724), literally "master of the chapel" (cf. German kapellmeister).
A title for distinguished artists, especially those in music. It may be given to teachers, composers, conductors, or performers. Maestro is Italian for “master.”