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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.
1790-1800; < Italian: master Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for maestros


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 maestros
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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maestros 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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