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[rap-awr-tur; French ra-pawr-tœr] /ˌræp ɔrˈtɜr; French ra pɔrˈtœr/
noun, plural rapporteurs
[rap-awr-turz; French ra-pawr-tœr] /ˌræp ɔrˈtɜrz; French ra pɔrˈtœr/ (Show IPA)
a person responsible for compiling reports and presenting them, as to a governing body.
1490-1500; < French, derivative of rapporter. See rapport, -eur Unabridged
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  • Each break-out group had a rapporteur take notes and summarize the group discussion.
British Dictionary definitions for rapporteur


a person appointed by a committee to prepare reports of meetings or carry out an investigation
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: recorder, reporter
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Word Origin and History for rapporteur

c.1500, from French rapporteur "tell-tale, gossip; reporter," from rapporter (see report (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for rapporteur

in French civil law, a judge who furnishes a written report on the case at hand to other judges of the court, in which he sets forth the arguments of the parties, specifies the questions of fact and of law raised in the dispute, and lists the evidence on the issue

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