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symposiarch

[sim-poh-zee-ahrk] /sɪmˈpoʊ ziˌɑrk/
noun
1.
the president, director, or master of a symposium.
2.
a toastmaster.
Origin of symposiarch
1595-1605
From the Greek word symposíarchos, dating back to 1595-1605. See symposium, -arch
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Examples from the Web for symposiarch
Historical Examples
  • The symposiarch, or arbiter bibendi, settled the proportions to be used.

  • Olympius had risen from his place as symposiarch and was leaning against a door-post awaiting death with manly composure.

    Serapis, Complete Georg Ebers
  • And now, said the Emperor, you must all obey your symposiarch, and I am going to tell you each in turn what to do.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • They have their absolute ruler, the symposiarch, their accepted order of drinking, their proper scale of fines.

    Odd Bits of History Henry W. Wolff
British Dictionary definitions for symposiarch

symposiarch

/sɪmˈpəʊzɪˌɑːk/
noun
1.
the president of a symposium, esp in classical Greece
2.
a rare word for toastmaster
Word Origin
C17: from Greek; see symposium, -arch
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