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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The master of ceremonies, as of a television entertainment program or a variety show.
- v. To serve as master of ceremonies for.
- v. To serve as the master of ceremonies.
- n. chiefly UK A master of ceremonies, especially for a television, variety or quiz show.
- v. intransitive, transitive To act as compere.
- n. British term for someone who introduces television acts or cabarets etc
- v. act as a master of ceremonies
- From French compère. (Wiktionary)
- French compère, from Old French, godfather, companion, from Medieval Latin compater : Latin com-, com- + Latin pater, father; see pater. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the front, Mariella Frostrup, who presumably didn't have to sign a non-disclosure form for her role as an official "compere" for the leaders 'spouses, has plenty of observations from inside the tent, but there's nothing about her emotional speech about the value of education.”
“• Royal wedding news now, and wasn't it kind of Alton Towers to give the Duchess of Fergie the chance to compere its wedding coverage on April 29, especially as pointedly, and poignantly, she hasn't been invited to the much awaited love-in?”
“Davies pops up a lot – as a compere and on Ready Steady Go!”
“He even mimed this to delegates, presumably on the advice of conference compere and former Play School presenter Baroness Benjamin.”
“Lest we miss the fact this is an essentially French story, Rice has also imported a roguish compere in the shape of a cabaret diva called Meow Meow, and adds a chorus of matelots in striped vests.”
“The bride immediately swapped her L-plate for a pair of glasses, revealed she was a lawyer, and pointed out the contract wasn't legally binding – before downing yet another sambuca and shrieking for the compere to take his top off.”
“And an attempt by the compere to soften the boos by insisting that we're "all friends here", an appeal that only made things worse.”
“Everybody's favourite air hostess, Pam Ann, will compere the main stage, and guests include Chrissy Darling hosting gay bingo, cabaret performer Dusty O, and hip-hop dance company Slum Civilians.”
“Those tuning in for an extended set from the Daily Show star, be warned: John Oliver's role here is firmly that of compere, with a rather laboured skit on US excesses his sole foray into standup.”
“Consistently engaging, Shearer acts as compere, supplying the glue in a crazy-paved roster of artists that includes the Waterson-Carthy clan, an 86-year-old exiled Nicaraguan poet (who turns out to be musical director Kate St John's ex-mother-in-law) and Boris Grebenshchikov, a Russian singer-songwriter.”
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