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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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  • Politicians in both parties wanted the maestro on their side.
  • On this view, the maestro is deeply implicated in the financial markets' current difficulties.
  • Sturges' symphonic gent is not the conventional maestro.
  • He was a maestro of the laboratory, skilled in improving apparatuses and devising experiments.
  • The latter crime was largely unnecessary, a kind of maestro's flourish or fiend's laughter.
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  • He's a trouper, not a maestro energized and exhilarated by power.
  • As the house lights dim and the maestro lifts his arms, a hush comes over the crowd.
  • Despite being on a diet, the maestro is running late from lunch.
  • maestro can create molecular surfaces that represent solvent-accessible regions of an entry.
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).

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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.”

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