from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man who proposes the toasts and introduces the speakers at a banquet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who introduces speakers, and proposes toasts at a formal dinner; a master of ceremonies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person who presides at a public dinner or banquet, and announces the toasts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who, at a public dinner or similar entertainment, is appointed to propose or announce the toasts: in the United States he is usually the one who presides.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the person who proposes toasts and introduces speakers at a banquet
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Some of his etymologies seem plausible: Georgian tamada 'toastmaster' from Circassian thaamáta, perhaps originally 'father of the gods'; the name of General Ermolov (who conquered part of the Caucasus for Tsar Alexander I) from Circassian yarmáhl 'Armenian' (though I'll have to check Unbegaun to see if there's a more convincing etymology).
I haven't really mentioned it on the blog here, but I am going to be the toastmaster at MileHiCon in Denver next weekend, October 23rd through 25th.
Each meeting has a set agenda, and members are assigned jobs such as toastmaster that night's emcee, evaluator and timekeeper.
In the evening, since I'd brought a couple of boxes of stuff for the charity auction, I helped publisher and chief editor of Yard Dog and toastmaster guest, Selina Rosen out with the art + charity auction.
Guests of Honor are Eric Flint (author), Brad Foster (artist), Juanita Coulson (fan) and Toni Weisskopf (toastmaster).
The toastmaster (some old gentleman from Florida) introduced him as a person with 20 years of military service, a Green
They have branches in almost every major city in the U.S. www. toastmaster.org
"Nobody got married in the textile business unless I was toastmaster at the stag party."
Here you see toastmaster Wil McCarthy introducing the other guests (left to right), music guest Kathy Mar, fan guest Tom Whitmore, artist guest Rick Sternbach and guest of honor Lois McMaster Bujold.
Tad Williams (at left) was the toastmaster, and gave a very funny (and, not surprisingly, considering the U.S. election coming up on Tuesday) politically tinged speech about how all fantasy has actually been written by Americans, or "geographically challenged Americans" in the case of apparent Canadian authors of fantasy.