maestro

[mahy-stroh]
noun, plural maestros.
1.
an eminent composer, teacher, or conductor of music: Toscanini and other great maestros.
2.
(initial capital letter) a title of respect used in addressing or referring to such a person.
3.
a master of any art: the maestros of poetry.

Origin:
1790–1800; < Italian: master

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maestro (ˈmaɪstrəʊ)
 
n , pl -tri, -tros
1.  a distinguished music teacher, conductor, or musician
2.  any man regarded as the master of an art: often used as a term of address
3.  See maestro di cappella
 
[C18: Italian: master]

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maestro
1797, "master of music, great teacher or composer," from It. maestro, lit. "master," from L. magisterium, acc. of magister (see master). Applied in It. to eminent musical composers. Meaning "conductor, musical director" is short for maestro di cappella (1724), lit. "master
of the chapel" (cf. Ger. kapellmeister).
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maestro [(meye-stroh)]

A title for distinguished artists, especially those in music. It may be given to teachers, composers, conductors, or performers. Maestro is Italian for “master.”

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