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compère

[kom-pair] /ˈkɒm pɛər/
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
early Medieval Latin
1730-1740
1730-40; < French: literally, godfather; Old French < early Medieval Latin compater, equivalent to Latin com- com- + pater father
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British Dictionary definitions for compere

compere

/ˈkɒmpɛə/
noun
1.
a master of ceremonies who introduces cabaret, television acts, etc
verb
2.
to act as a compere (for)
Word Origin
C20: from French, literally: godfather; see compeer, compadre
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Word Origin and History for compere
n.

1738, from French compère "a godfather," from Old French compere (13c., from Medieval Latin compater) "godfather," also a friendly greeting, "friend, brother," hence "fellow, familiar, intimate" (see compadre).

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