- a host, master of ceremonies, or the like, especially of a stage revue or television program.
- to act as compère for: to compère the new game show.
Origin of compère
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- a master of ceremonies who introduces cabaret, television acts, etc
- to act as a compere (for)
C20: from French, literally: godfather; see compeer, compadre
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Word Origin and History for compere
1738, from French compère "a godfather," from Old French compere (13c., from Medieval Latin compater) "godfather," also a friendly greeting, "friend, brother," hence "fellow, familiar, intimate" (see compadre).
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