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[mahy-stroh] /ˈmaɪ stroʊ/
noun, plural maestros.
an eminent composer, teacher, or conductor of music:
Toscanini and other great maestros.
(initial capital letter) a title of respect used in addressing or referring to such a person.
a master of any art:
the maestros of poetry.
Origin of maestro
1790-1800; < Italian: master Unabridged
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  • He was turning over a score of “Semiramide” in the library, when the maestro came in and asked him what music it was.

    Great Musical Composers George T. Ferris
  • The maestro was an old man and chary of his words; yet even he was stirred to enthusiasm.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • The maestro took off his cap and, raising his freckled face to heaven, shook his head vigorously.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • Among the latter, maestro Ticellini occupied the first place.

  • And there was raspberry wine, in which to drink Kirk's health, and the maestro stood up and made a beautiful speech.

    The Happy Venture Edith Ballinger Price
British Dictionary definitions for maestro


noun (pl) -tri (-trɪ), -tros
a distinguished music teacher, conductor, or musician
any man regarded as the master of an art: often used as a term of address
Word Origin
C18: Italian: master
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Word Origin and History for maestro

"master of music, great teacher or composer," 1797, from Italian maestro, literally "master," from Latin magisterium, accusative of magister (see master (n.)). Applied in Italian to eminent musical composers. Meaning "conductor, musical director" is short for maestro di cappella (1724), literally "master of the chapel" (cf. German kapellmeister).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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maestro in Culture
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.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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