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Thursday, March 14, 2002

Definitions for raconteur

  1. One who excels in telling stories and anecdotes.

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Citations for raconteur
An excellent raconteur, he had a varied stock of stories and enjoyed the joke just as much when it was on himself as he did when it was on some one else. , New York Times
Korda's tone of voice is affectionate and urbane, his manner that of the accomplished raconteur who never spoils the story with a heavy-handed moral, relying for his effect on the telling anecdote and the apt phrase. Lewis Lapham, New York Times
Origin of raconteur
1820-1830
Raconteur is from French, from raconter, "to relate, to tell, to narrate," from Old French, from re- + aconter,