Definition of compère in English:

compère

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    host, presenter, anchorman, anchorwoman, anchorperson, anchor, master of ceremonies, mc, link person, announcer
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]British
  • Act as a compère for (a variety show)

    ‘Mark Wilson compèred the whole proceedings’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Speaking to the Gazette this week he said: ‘They will probably need someone with a big mouth to compère the auction.’’
    present, introduce, compère, front, anchor, announce, be the presenter of
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

compère

/ˈkɒmpɛː/