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or com·pere

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  1. a host, master of ceremonies, or the like, especially of a stage revue or television program.
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verb (used with object), com·pèred, com·pèr·ing.
  1. to act as compère for: to compère the new game show.
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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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Related Words for compere

moderator, ringmaster, emcee, host, marshal, MC, compere, toastmaster

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Historical Examples of compere

  • This Cæsar Borgia was not a bad politician, it seems to me, compere.

    The Forty-Five Guardsmen

    Alexandre Dumas

British Dictionary definitions for compere


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

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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