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[rak-uh n-tur; French ra-kawn-tœr]
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noun, plural rac·on·teurs [rak-uh n-turz; French ra-kawn-tœr] /ˌræk ənˈtɜrz; French ra kɔ̃ˈtœr/.
  1. a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly.
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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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  1. a person skilled in telling stories
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Word Origin

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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