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[ring-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈrɪŋˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
a person in charge of the performances in a circus ring.
Origin of ringmaster
1870-75; ring1 + master Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was my job to play with the horse while the ringmaster and the rider were having their conversation.

    The Autobiography of a Clown Isaac Frederick Marcosson
  • And after we had quieted down a little, the ringmaster says: "As big as that?"

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • There was a slight pause and then Christopher reappeared in his costume as ringmaster.

    Letty and the Twins Helen Sherman Griffith
  • The ringmaster wore a vaguely Arabic costume, in all variations of red.

    Thy Rocks and Rills Robert Ernest Gilbert
  • With a face like a gored bullkiller, Stonecypher watched the ringmaster's departure.

    Thy Rocks and Rills Robert Ernest Gilbert
  • You have no conception of the life a ringmaster leads before a fight.

    Thy Rocks and Rills Robert Ernest Gilbert
  • But the men doing the talking weren't in the ring; and I noticed the ringmaster carried a whip and gun.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • The crowd quieted, except for those near the box of ringmaster Oswell.

    Thy Rocks and Rills Robert Ernest Gilbert
  • Then the ringmaster he see how he had been fooled, and he was the sickest ringmaster you ever see, I reckon.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Anybody who can shake a little personality can be ringmaster in this world.

    Seeing Things at Night Heywood Broun
British Dictionary definitions for ringmaster


the master of ceremonies in a circus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ringmaster

1842, from ring (n.1) in the circus sense + master (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ringmaster



A yardmaster (1940s+ Railroad)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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