[ring-mas-ter, -mah-ster]


a person in charge of the performances in a circus ring.

Origin of ringmaster

First recorded in 1870–75; ring1 + master
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Related Words for ringmaster

moderator, ringmaster, emcee, host, marshal, MC, compere, toastmaster

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British Dictionary definitions for ringmaster



the master of ceremonies in a circus
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Word Origin and History for ringmaster

1842, from ring (n.1) in the circus sense + master (n.).

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