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[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)
a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly.
Origin of raconteur
1820-30; < French, equivalent to racont(er) to tell (Old French r(e)- re- + aconter to tell, account) + -eur -eur Unabridged
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  • As a raconteur he stands almost unrivalled, and his powers of mimicry are in themselves sufficient to justify a career.

    Theodor Leschetizky Annette Hullah
  • The raconteur allowed an interval for the astonishing news to be absorbed.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • But Harriet Martineau was never the raconteur, she was first the educator.

    Woman's Work in English Fiction Clara Helen Whitmore
  • His frankness was not the least of his charms as a raconteur.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • It shall be my aim as far as may be to avoid the garrulity of the raconteur and to restrain the exaggerations of the ego.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 1) Henry Watterson
British Dictionary definitions for raconteur


a person skilled in telling stories
Word Origin
C19: French, from raconter to tell
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Word Origin and History for raconteur

"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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