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

Historical Examples of symposiarch

  • 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.

  • 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



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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