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raconteur

[rak-uh n-tur; French ra-kawn-tœr] /ˌræk ənˈtɜr; French ra kɔ̃ˈtœr/
noun, plural raconteurs
[rak-uh n-turz; French ra-kawn-tœr] /ˌræk ənˈtɜrz; French ra kɔ̃ˈtœr/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < French, equivalent to racont(er) to tell (Old French r(e)- re- + aconter to tell, account) + -eur -eur
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Examples for raconteur
  • The book grew less out of the literary ambitions of its author than out of her marvelous skills as a raconteur.
  • And his friends knew him as a highly entertaining mimic and raconteur.
  • As a raconteur he has few rivals for his fund of anecdotes seem inexhaustible and his manner of telling the tales fascinating.
  • He was an educator by trade, and long experienced, a wonderful guy and the raconteur of stories.
British Dictionary definitions for raconteur

raconteur

/ˌrækɒnˈtɜː/
noun
1.
a person skilled in telling stories
Word Origin
C19: French, from raconter to tell
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Word Origin and History for raconteur
n.

"storyteller, person skilled in relating anecdotes," 1828, from French raconteur, from raconter "to recount, tell, narrate," from re- (see re-) + Old French aconter "to count, render account" (see account (v.); and cf. recount (v.1)). Related: Raconteuse (fem.).

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