A master of ceremonies, abbreviated MC or emcee, also called compère and announcer, and microphone controlleris the official host of a ceremony, staged event or similar performance.
The term is earliest documented in the Catholic Church since the 5th century, where the Master of Ceremonies was and still is an official of the Papal Court responsible for the proper and smooth conduct of the elegant and elaborate rituals involving the Pope and the sacred liturgy.
The master of ceremonies sometimes also refers to the protocol officer during an official state function, especially in monarchies.
Today, the term (for a male or its female equivalent: Commere) often connotes a master of ceremonies who presents performers, speaks to the audience, entertains people, and generally keeps a contemporary event moving. This usage occurs in the entertainment industry, including for television game show hosts, as well as in contemporary hip hop and electronic dance music culture, where “MC” refers to rap artists or performers who perform vocals for their own original material.
In addition, the term also exists in various chivalric orders and fraternal orders.
abbreviation of millicurie
in its senses as
Master of ceremonies.
To act as the master of ceremonies (for).
To rap as part of a hip-hop performance.
short for Member of Congress
“the chance to vote for their MC”
short for master of ceremonies
a person who provides entertainment at a club or party by instructing the DJ and performing rap music.
perform as an MC
“he’s MC’d at all of our parties”
a master of ceremonies
“a tuxedoed emcee strode to the middle of the stage”
an MC at a club or party.
act as a master of ceremonies at (an entertainment or large social occasion)
“he was scheduled to emcee Sunday’s award show”
perform as an MC
“I ran the contest while Alex emceed from the DJ booth”