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Monday, August 27, 2012

compère

\KOM-pair\ , noun;
1.
A host, master of ceremonies, or the like, especially of a stage revue or television program.
verb:
1.
To act as compère for: to compère the new game show.
Quotes:
Just then, the compère got up on the stage and picked up the microphone. "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen…"
-- Kenneth Turpin, Nosy
Then a tall, sidling young man appeared and, after some confusion with the compère, unceremoniously proposed to drink a pint of brown ale without at any point using his hands…
-- Martin Amis, Heavy Water
Origin:
Compère literally means "godfather" in French. It entered English in the 1730s.
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