compere

compère

[kom-pair] British.
noun
1.
a host, master of ceremonies, or the like, especially of a stage revue or television program.
verb (used with object), compèred, compèring.
2.
to act as compère for: to compère the new game show.
Also, compere.


Origin:
1730–40; < French: literally, godfather; Old French < early Medieval Latin compater, equivalent to Latin com- com- + pater father

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compere (ˈkɒmpɛə)
 
n
1.  a master of ceremonies who introduces cabaret, television acts, etc
 
vb
2.  to act as a compere (for)
 
[C20: from French, literally: godfather; see compeer, compadre]

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compere
1738, from Fr. compère "a godfather," from O.Fr. compere (from M.L. compater) "godfather," also a friendly greeting, "friend, brother," hence "fellow, familiar, intimate."
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