master of ceremonies.
verb (used with object), emceed, emceeing.
to act as master of ceremonies for.
verb (used without object), emceed, emceeing.
to act as master of ceremonies.

1935–35, Americanism; spelling form of m.c.

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emcee (ˌɛmˈsiː)
1.  a master of ceremonies
vb , -cees, -ceeing, -ceed
2.  to act as master of ceremonies (for or at)
[C20: from the abbreviation MC]

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1933, abbrev. of master of ceremonies.
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master of ceremonies
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Example sentences
For obvious reasons, the emcee gig doesn't offer a lot of job security.
For hip-hop, that is a pretty radical intervention for an emcee to make.
Before my talk, though, an emcee warmed up the audience with an exercise.
Between songs, he played the emcee with jocular self-parody.
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