[rak-uh n-tur; French ra-kawn-tœr]

noun, 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
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Contemporary Examples of raconteur

  • She describes him as a raconteur and voracious reader of history and current affairs.

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    The Seven Foot Philanthropist

    Sandra McElwaine

    June 4, 2010

  • Like Beck, Jones is a raconteur with a penchant for dramatizing things to comic effect.

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    Leave Van Jones Alone

    Reihan Salam

    September 8, 2009

  • He is a raconteur extraordinaire and an interview with the dogged reporter can rapidly turn into a delicious gabfest.

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    Celebrity Hit Man

    Sandra McElwaine

    August 7, 2009

  • Our teacher is this generous renegade, a raconteur and wit also who succeeds in getting us to read Beowolf.

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    My Teacher Who Brought Magic to Room 205

    Susan Jane Gilman

    July 20, 2009

  • He had an accent like ours; he was definitely a surrealist and a raconteur.

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    Craig Ferguson's 10 Favorite Comedy Moments

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    May 20, 2009

Historical Examples of raconteur

British Dictionary definitions for raconteur



a person skilled in telling stories

Word Origin for raconteur

C19: French, from raconter to tell
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Word Origin and History for raconteur

"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.).

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