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toastmistress

[tohst-mis-truh s]
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noun
  1. a woman who presides at a dinner, introduces the after-dinner speakers, and often proposes toasts.
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Origin of toastmistress

First recorded in 1920–25; toast2 + mistress

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for toastmistress

Historical Examples

  • In making you toastmistress 19— was supposed to be doing you an honor.

    Betty Wales Senior

    Margaret Warde

  • By the way, whom are they going to have for toastmistress at class-supper?

    Betty Wales Senior

    Margaret Warde

  • The next and last business of this meeting is to elect a toastmistress for our class-supper.

    Betty Wales Senior

    Margaret Warde

  • “Because the toastmistress who presides over our supper ought to be the choice of her class,” said Marie firmly.

    Betty Wales Senior

    Margaret Warde