[tohst-mas-ter, -mah-ster]


a person who presides at a dinner and introduces the after-dinner speakers.
a person who proposes or announces toasts.

Origin of toastmaster

First recorded in 1740–50; toast2 + master Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toastmaster

Historical Examples of toastmaster

  • But it was Ned they wanted, because he was to be toastmaster.

  • He consented, and I arranged the matter with the toastmaster.

    Shadow and Light

    Mifflin Wistar Gibbs

  • Sid Henderson will be toastmaster, on account of his great work.

    Batting to Win

    Lester Chadwick

  • But, believe me, Mr. Toastmaster, I deeply appreciate your effort.

    The Carleton Case

    Ellery H. Clark

  • And speakers should cooperate with the toastmaster and with each other to that end.

    Toaster's Handbook

    Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers

British Dictionary definitions for toastmaster



a person who introduces after-dinner speakers, proposes or announces toasts, etc, at public or formal dinners
Derived Formstoastmistress, fem n
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