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Origin of presenter

First recorded in 1535–45; present2 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for presenter


  1. a person who presents something or someone
  2. radio television a person who introduces a show, links items, interviews guests, etc; compere
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Word Origin and History for presenter

1540s, "one who presents" (a position, degree, etc.), agent noun from present (v.); meaning "host of a radio or television program" is from 1967.

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