[ rez-uh-nur; French re-zaw-nœr ]
/ ˌrɛz əˈnɜr; French rɛ zɔˈnœr /

noun, plural rai·son·neurs [rez-uh-nurz; French re-zaw-nœr] /ˌrɛz əˈnɜrz; French rɛ zɔˈnœr/.

a character in a play, novel, or the like who voices the central theme, philosophy, or point of view of the work.

Nearby words

  1. raison d'etat,
  2. raison d'etre,
  3. raison d'état,
  4. raison d'être,
  5. raisonne,
  6. raita,
  7. raj,
  8. raja yoga,
  9. rajab,
  10. rajah

Origin of raisonneur

1900–05; < French: literally, one who reasons or argues, equivalent to raisonn(er) to reason, argue + -eur -eur

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Examples from the Web for raisonneur

  • Since I was lugged, even as a sort of raisonneur, into their little drama, I may be pardoned for some curiosity as to development.

    The Mountebank|William J. Locke