[ sim-poh-zee-ahrk ]
/ sɪmˈpoʊ ziˌɑrk /


the president, director, or master of a symposium.
a toastmaster.

Origin of symposiarch

From the Greek word symposíarchos, dating back to 1595–1605. See symposium, -arch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for symposiarch

  • They have their absolute ruler, the symposiarch, their accepted order of drinking, their proper scale of fines.

    Odd Bits of History|Henry W. Wolff
  • The symposiarch, or arbiter bibendi, settled the proportions to be used.

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

    Serapis, Complete|Georg Ebers

British Dictionary definitions for symposiarch


/ (sɪmˈpəʊzɪˌɑːk) /


the president of a symposium, esp in classical Greece
a rare word for toastmaster

Word Origin for symposiarch

C17: from Greek; see symposium, -arch
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