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impresario

[im-pruh-sahr-ee-oh, -sair-] /ˌɪm prəˈsɑr iˌoʊ, -ˈsɛər-/
noun, plural impresarios.
1.
a person who organizes or manages public entertainments, especially operas, ballets, or concerts.
2.
any manager, director, or the like.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; < Italian, equivalent to impres(a) impresa + -ario -ary
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Examples for impresario
  • We've lost our techno-impresario and digital dream granter.
  • And he's brilliant, a four-star impresario of space and light.
  • Because of bad management by their impresario, the company is stranded without money.
British Dictionary definitions for impresario

impresario

/ˌɪmprəˈsɑːrɪˌəʊ/
noun (pl) -sarios
1.
a producer or sponsor of public entertainments, esp musical or theatrical ones
2.
the director or manager of an opera, ballet, or other performing company
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, literally: one who undertakes; see impresa
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Word Origin and History for impresario
impresario
1746, from It. impresario "operatic manager," lit. "undertaker (of a business)," from impresa "undertaking," fem. of impreso, pp. of imprendere "undertake," from V.L. imprendere, from L. in- "onto" + prehendere "to grasp" (see prehensile).
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impresario in Culture
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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