One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who introduces the performers or contestants in a variety show.
host, presenter, anchorman, anchorwoman, anchorperson, anchor, master of ceremonies, mc, link person, announcerView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Act as a compère for (a variety show)‘Mark Wilson compèred the whole proceedings’
present, introduce, compère, front, anchor, announce, be the presenter ofView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Early 20th century: French, literally ‘godfather’, from medieval Latin compater, from com- ‘together with’ + Latin pater ‘father’.
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