Definitions for toastmasterˈtoʊstˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

toast•mas•terˈtoʊstˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər(n.)

  1. a person who presides at a dinner and introduces the after-dinner speakers.

Origin of toastmaster:

1740–50

Princeton's WordNet

  1. toastmaster, symposiarch(noun)

    the person who proposes toasts and introduces speakers at a banquet

Wiktionary

  1. toastmaster(Noun)

    A person who introduces speakers, and proposes toasts at a formal dinner; a master of ceremonies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Toastmaster(noun)

    a person who presides at a public dinner or banquet, and announces the toasts

Freebase

  1. Toastmaster

    Toastmaster is a general term, prevalent in the United States in the middle 20th century, referring to a person in charge of the proceedings of a public speaking event. The toastmaster is typically charged with organization of the event, arranging the order of speakers, introducing one or more of the speakers, and keeping the event on schedule. Such meetings typically include civic events, service organization meetings, and banquets of various purpose. In many meetings, a toastmaster typically addresses the audience from behind a dais or from a podium. At stage entertainment events, especially ones broadcast on live television, the toastmaster often takes the form of a master of ceremonies, introducing the entertainment acts. The term has fallen out of use to a large degree. The most famous person associated with this role was George Jessel, known in his lifetime as "Toastmaster General of the United States". In many service organizations and businesses, the role of toastmaster was a permanently assigned role, but often rotating among members. Toastmasters were largely expected to keep the event from becoming boring, and a cottage industry arose in the middle century to cater to the desire of businessmen and other leaders to overcome the fear of public speaking. Would-be toastmasters were typically counseled to use light humor, and to have anecdotes and epigrams handily memorized. Toastmasters International is an organization dedicated to helping people in public speaking and in fulfilling the role of toastmaster.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

master of ceremonies(abbreviation)

a person who announces the various stages of an entertainment, formal social gathering, series of speakers at a dinner etc

The master of ceremonies introduced the speaker.

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