Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who sponsors or produces entertainment, especially the director of an opera company.
  • n. A manager; a producer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A manager or producer in the entertainment industry, especially music or theatre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The projector, manager, or conductor, of an opera or concert company.
  • n. Any manager who organizes performances of a group.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A manager, agent, or conductor of a troupe of operatic or concert singers; also, rarely, a teacher or trainer of such singers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sponsor who books and stages public entertainments

Etymologies

Italian, from impresa, undertaking, from feminine past participle of imprendere, to undertake, from Vulgar Latin *imprēndere; see emprise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Fred Davis, the GOP's Hollywood ad impresario, is responsible for some of the most outlandish, paranormal-tinged online videos and commercials.

    A very scary midterm exam

  • Achewood uses a variety of characters to comment on modern life and current events: there's Ray, the helicopter-owning record label impresario; Roast Beef, the depressive, cripplingly neurotic computer geek who happens to be Ray's best friend; Philippe, a five-year old otter who once ran for President, and far too many more to list.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • He very kindly answered a few of our questions about his time at PS, the stars he's met, his future as a record label impresario, and what breakfast cereal boxes Peter Pinsent wrote his letters on …

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  • It was Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold who called John "the Roberto Bolano of L.A. cuisine," referring to the impresario whose mind spins off into a hundred directions at once.

    Jay Weston: Chef John Sedlar's Innovative Latin Food at Playa

  • Christophe, who was standing by, made no attempt to conceal his impatience, called the impresario, and said:

    Jean Christophe: in Paris The Market-Place, Antoinette, the House

  • And it had been settled what terms the impresario should be empowered to offer.

    A Siren

  • Republicans are planning on running a World Wrestling Entertainment "impresario" against Blumenthal.

    Linda McMahon's Campaign Ad Targets Country-Club Swells (VIDEO)

  • I'm certainly a kind of impresario of sorts, a lobbyist, a community planner, a leader.

    At The Helm of Burning Man

  • The operettas had all been the idea of impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, who commissioned Jury.

    American Connections

  • Journalist George Packer calls Perle the "impresario" of the Iraq war,

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

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