[rak-uhn-tur; French ra-kawn-tœr]
noun, plural raconteurs [rak-uhn-turz; French ra-kawn-tœr] .
a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly.

1820–30; < French, equivalent to racont(er) to tell (Old French r(e)- re- + aconter to tell, account) + -eur -eur

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raconteur (ˌrækɒnˈtɜː)
a person skilled in telling stories
[C19: French, from raconter to tell]

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Word Origin & History

1828, from Fr. raconter "to recount," from re- + O.Fr. aconter, from a- "to" + conter "to tell" (see recount).
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Example sentences
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.
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