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com·​pere ˈkäm-ˌper How to pronounce compere (audio)
variants or compère
chiefly British
: the master of ceremonies of an entertainment (such as a television program)


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variants or compère
compered or compèred; compering or compèring

transitive verb

chiefly British : to act as compere for

intransitive verb

chiefly British : to act as a compere

Examples of compere in a Sentence

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For Pugh’s night of extravaganza, Matyouz LaDurée compered the dance-off and Loffe Ninja of the Swedish House of Ninja worked the turntables. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 16 Sep. 2018

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Word History



French compère, literally, godfather — more at compeer

First Known Use


1914, in the meaning defined above


1933, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of compere was in 1914

Dictionary Entries Near compere

Cite this Entry

“Compere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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