pre·​sent·​er | \pri-ˈzen-tər \
plural presenters

Definition of presenter 

1 : one who presents something : a person who formally gives or bestows something (such as an award) or who brings something before the public The presenter of the award for Best Actress was the actress who won the award last year. … the show highlights the work of six florists from the Chicago area. The evening showcases each presenter's floral artistry, and includes innovative designs utilizing unusual flowers and greenery.— Karen Kupsco "Look at this—this is all the body there is," Sony's product presenter told a crowd at a PC expo here last week …— Phred Dvorak

2 chiefly British

a : a television or radio broadcaster who delivers news or information to an audience Paxman … was astonished to find he couldn't do his job as the main news presenter at the British Broadcasting Corporation without having to take part in grueling dress rehearsals for royal funerals.— Christopher Hitchens

b : a television or radio host : emcee … the only MTV programme I watch with admiration is Ray Cokes's show, in which the faux-naïve English presenter and his studio technicians work as a kind of youth club for the dispossessed …— Simon Frith

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Previously, the list of presenters included Drew Brees, Nancy O'Dell, Rebecca Romijn, and Lindsey Vonn. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson, Kane Brown, Alan Jackson, and More Added to 2018 ACM Awards Performers Lineup," 29 Mar. 2018 The vast majority of presenters and winners, as well as host Jimmy Kimmel, focused on trying to fix the future, not complaining about the past or the present. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Oscars ratings tumble, but don't blame politics (entirely)," 5 Mar. 2018 Losers: Michael Che and Colin Jost Throughout the night, hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost were largely overshadowed by the presenters around them. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Winners: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Netflix, and old people. Losers: Atlanta and The Handmaid’s Tale.," 18 Sep. 2018 The decision to have the nominees’ names read in recorded voice-overs may have saved time, and reduced the possibility of gaffes and mispronunciations by the presenters. Mike Hale, The Seattle Times, "The Emmys Joked about TV’s Lack of Diversity, and Then Demonstrated It," 18 Sep. 2018 Having worked up an appetite, the seniors were ready for the next presenters, registered dietician Stacy Kosmen and executive chef Phu Lu. Staff Report,, "Kick-starting a fitness program: Norridge seniors take part in health and wellness fair," 4 June 2018 After surprising unsuspecting movie viewers and showering them with candy, Kimmel picked out one audience member to announce the next presenter, Tiffany Haddish. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Awkward Oscar Moments That Made Us Laugh and Cringe," 5 Mar. 2018 Killam tried to stick to a set script that introduced the presenters, cause and sponsors, but went off script after he was heckled by a guest asking him to give a shout out to the LA Waterkeeper. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Larry David, Sarah Silverman and More Entertain at Keep It Clean Comedy Benefit," 3 Mar. 2018 In an interview with the ‘‘Good Morning Britain’’ television program, Trump was pressed by Piers Morgan, the presenter, about his November retweet of three videos circulated by a far-right fringe party called Britain First. William Booth And Paul Schemm,, "Trump ready to apologize for retweeting anti-Muslim videos from far right British group," 27 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of presenter

15th century , in the meaning defined at sense 1

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