Definition of compère in English:

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compère

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmpɛː/
British

noun

A person who introduces the performers or contestants in a variety show.
Example sentences
  • Early attempts, including Cool for Cats and Six-Five Special, combined performances with bantering compères to mixed effect.
  • Unfortunately the compères struck a bad-tempered note at this otherwise congenial event.
  • Ultimately, however, it was the compère who mattered - who could they find who represented the indomitable spirit of Britain, the calm acceptance of the ever-present risk of death, and, most important, the triumph of love over death?
Synonyms

verb

[with object]
Act as a compère for (a variety show): Mark Wilson compèred the whole proceedings
More example sentences
  • The glittering ceremony was hosted by comedian Billy Crystal, who has now compèred eight times, and who cracked plenty of jokes.
  • The programme was compèred by Rashmi Rao, a dancer and disciple of Shailaja Madhusoodan.
  • Fantasia members compèred in French for the audience.

Origin

Early 20th century: French, literally 'godfather', from medieval Latin compater, from com- 'together with' + Latin pater 'father'.

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