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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Brookside actress Rachael is making her Playhouse debut, while comedian Duggie Brown plays the compere.
▪ Duggie Brown is excruciatingly convincing as the sleazy, no-talent compere whose best reward is to grope all and sundry.
▪ Even the compere, noted for his own style in suits, tried to bump up the bidding.
▪ Precious, has choreography by Lea Anderson who was the compere for the recent Channel 4 series Tights!
▪ The compere will be Billy Butler.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1738, from French compère "a godfather," from Old French compere (13c., from Medieval Latin compater) "godfather," also a friendly greeting, "friend, brother," hence "fellow, familiar, intimate" (see compadre).


n. (context chiefly British English) A master of ceremonies, especially for a television, variety or quiz show. vb. (context intransitive transitive English) To act as compere.

  1. n. British term for someone who introduces television acts or cabarets etc

  2. v. act as a master of ceremonies [syn: emcee]


Compere or compère refers to a master of ceremonies. It is also a French surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Loyset Compère, a French composer of the Renaissance
  • Louis Fursy Henri Compere (1768-1833), a French general in the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars
  • Claude Antoine Compere (1774-1812), a French general in the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars

Usage examples of "compere".

Seated on a green-and-white striped chair he watched a revue, of which from start to finish he understood but one word—'out', to wit—absorbed in the doings of a red-moustached gentleman in blue who wrangled in rapid French with a black-moustached gentleman in yellow, while a snow-white commere and a compere in a mauve flannel suit looked on at the brawl.

Do an espe­cially good job showing them how our nonhuman comperes behave in simulated natural settings.