com·​pere | \ ˈkäm-ˌper How to pronounce compere (audio) \
variants: or compère

Definition of compere

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly British
: the master of ceremonies of an entertainment (such as a television program)


variants: or compère
compered or compèred; compering or compèring

Definition of compere (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

chiefly British : to act as compere for

intransitive verb

chiefly British : to act as a compere

Examples of compere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Gareth Pugh Brings Back Vogueing in Grand Style," 16 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of compere


1914, in the meaning defined above


1933, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for compere


French compère, literally, godfather — more at compeer

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“Compere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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