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causerie

[koh-zuh-ree; French kohzuh-ree]
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noun, plural cau·se·ries [koh-zuh-reez; French kohzuh-ree] /ˌkoʊ zəˈriz; French koʊzəˈri/.
  1. an informal talk or chat.
  2. a short, informal essay, article, etc.

Origin of causerie

1820–30; < French, equivalent to caus(er) to chat (< Latin causārī to plead at law, derivative of causa case) + -erie -ery
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Examples from the Web for causerie

Historical Examples

  • His Sunday holiday was given to the proof-reading of his next day's "Causerie du Lundi."

    The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume II (of 2)

    Benjamin Ellis Martin

  • There was nothing, he found, like a Causerie du Lundi for settling and soothing the troubled spirits.

    Crome Yellow

    Aldous Huxley

  • I was once booked by my manager to give a causerie in the drawing-room of a New York millionaire.

    Essays on Paul Bourget

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • It was their custom to meet once a week, at the house of one or another, for a "causerie," as the avocat called it.

  • After this I must have decided against starting at all, for nothing more came of the causerie.


British Dictionary definitions for causerie

causerie

noun
  1. an informal talk or conversational piece of writing

Word Origin

C19: from French, from causer to chat
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