raconteur [rak-uh n-tur; French ra-kawn-tœr] ExamplesWord Originnoun, plural rac·on·teurs [rak-uh n-turz; French ra-kawn-tœr] /ˌræk ənˈtɜrz; French ra kɔ̃ˈtœr/.
- 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 Related Words for raconteur storyteller, narrator, anecdotist Examples from the Web for raconteur Contemporary Examples of raconteur
She describes him as a raconteur and voracious reader of history and current affairs.
June 4, 2010
Like Beck, Jones is a raconteur with a penchant for dramatizing things to comic effect.
September 8, 2009
He is a raconteur extraordinaire and an interview with the dogged reporter can rapidly turn into a delicious gabfest.
August 7, 2009
Our teacher is this generous renegade, a raconteur and wit also who succeeds in getting us to read Beowolf.
Susan Jane Gilman
July 20, 2009
He had an accent like ours; he was definitely a surrealist and a raconteur.
Craig Ferguson, The Daily Beast Video
May 20, 2009
Historical Examples of raconteur
The raconteur allowed an interval for the astonishing news to be absorbed.
George S. Harney
His frankness was not the least of his charms as a raconteur.
E. W. Hornung
He was an amusing companion, however, and noted as a raconteur.
After all, the main end of a raconteur must be to give pleasure.
There is a print of Sir George Simpson behind one raconteur’s head.
A. C. Laut
British Dictionary definitions for raconteur raconteur noun
- a person skilled in telling stories
Word Origin for raconteur C19: French, from raconter to tell Word Origin and History for raconteur n.
“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.).