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[im-pruh-sahr-ee-oh, -sair-] /ˌɪm prəˈsɑr iˌoʊ, -ˈsɛər-/
noun, plural impresarios.
a person who organizes or manages public entertainments, especially operas, ballets, or concerts.
any manager, director, or the like.
1740-50; < Italian, equivalent to impres(a) impresa + -ario -ary Unabridged
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  • 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


noun (pl) -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
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).

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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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