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Borrowed from Georgian თამადა (tamada).


  • IPA(key): /ˈtɑːmədə/, /ˈtɑːmədɑː/
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tamada (plural tamadas)

  1. A toastmaster at feasts in the Caucasus, especially in Georgia.
    • 1989, The Annual of the Society for the Study of Caucasia:
      First of all, a good tamada is one who is good with words, who speaks clearly and cleverly, who can say in a original way things which are heard over and over again at every supra.
    • 1992, The National Geographic Magazine, volume 181, page 110:
      Unfortunately it is also traditional that all tamadas have to be obeyed, as I learned from Zezva Gochilaidze in Tusheti.
    • 1997, Mary Ellen Chatwin, Socio-cultural Transformation and Foodways in the Republic of Georgia:
      Although Georgians don't commonly determine any vocabulary which signifies specific states of intoxication, these states are mentioned indirectly by tamadas when they explain the difficult task of keeping drinkers' moods and inebriation at an even keel.
    • 2017, Aksana Ismailbekova, Blood Ties and the Native Son: Poetics of Patronage in Kyrgyzstan:
      This tamada had excellent rhetorical skills; he was fluent in both Russian and Kyrgyz and knew the languages of humor and honor.