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compère

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[kom-pair]British
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noun
  1. a host, master of ceremonies, or the like, especially of a stage revue or television program.
verb (used with object), com·pèred, com·pèr·ing.
  1. to act as compère for: to compère the new game show.

Origin of compère

1730–40; < French: literally, godfather; Old French < early Medieval Latin compater, equivalent to Latin com- com- + pater father
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British Dictionary definitions for compering

compere

noun
  1. a master of ceremonies who introduces cabaret, television acts, etc
verb
  1. to act as a compere (for)

Word Origin

C20: from French, literally: godfather; see compeer, compadre
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Word Origin and History for compering

compere

n.

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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