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[kon-ver-sey-shuh-nl-ist] /ˌkɒn vərˈseɪ ʃə nl ɪst/
a person who enjoys and contributes to good conversation; an interesting person in conversation.
Origin of conversationalist
1830-40; conversational + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for conversationalist
  • Lisping, stuttering and effete, he was considered a fine conversationalist and companion.
  • But even as winning a conversationalist as he cannot carry the ball forever, and there came a lull.
  • He was not much of a conversationalist and enjoyed watching human interactions as much as participating in them.
  • He is a ready conversationalist, and speaks six languages quite fluently.
  • Among his colleagues he gained a reputation as a wit, conversationalist, and eccentric.
  • Well-known as a brilliant and witty conversationalist, she had wide-ranging contacts in literary and political circles.
  • Has been a preservationist and a conversationalist all her life.
  • He was of pleasing address, and an interesting and forcible writer, as he was an engaging conversationalist and speaker.
  • She is a sparkling conversationalist, and has traveled extensively.
  • Not only is she a great conversationalist, but they spend the night together.
British Dictionary definitions for conversationalist


a person who enjoys or excels in conversation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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