Definition of compère in English:



  • A person who introduces the performers or contestants in a variety show.

    • ‘Before long, Mackay was working as compère and Sheppard was devoting more time to the selection of the acts; home and work life began to merge.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Unfortunately the compères struck a bad-tempered note at this otherwise congenial event.’
    • ‘Early attempts, including Cool for Cats and Six-Five Special, combined performances with bantering compères to mixed effect.’
    host, presenter, anchorman, anchorwoman, anchorperson, anchor, master of ceremonies, mc, link person, announcer
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  • Act as a compère for (a variety show)

    ‘Mark Wilson compèred the whole proceedings’
    • ‘Speaking to the Gazette this week he said: ‘They will probably need someone with a big mouth to compère the auction.’’
    • ‘The programme was compèred by Rashmi Rao, a dancer and disciple of Shailaja Madhusoodan.’
    • ‘Fantasia members compèred in French for the audience.’
    • ‘The glittering ceremony was hosted by comedian Billy Crystal, who has now compèred eight times, and who cracked plenty of jokes.’
    present, introduce, compère, front, anchor, announce, be the presenter of
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Early 20th century: French, literally ‘godfather’, from medieval Latin compater, from com- ‘together with’ + Latin pater ‘father’.