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toastmistress

[tohst-mis-truh s] /ˈtoʊstˌmɪs trəs/
noun
1.
a woman who presides at a dinner, introduces the after-dinner speakers, and often proposes toasts.
Origin of toastmistress
1920-1925
First recorded in 1920-25; toast2 + mistress
Usage note
See -ess.
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  • In making you toastmistress 19— was supposed to be doing you an honor.

    Betty Wales Senior Margaret Warde
  • By the way, whom are they going to have for toastmistress at class-supper?

    Betty Wales Senior Margaret Warde
  • The next and last business of this meeting is to elect a toastmistress for our class-supper.

    Betty Wales Senior Margaret Warde
  • “Because the toastmistress who presides over our supper ought to be the choice of her class,” said Marie firmly.

    Betty Wales Senior Margaret Warde

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