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Friday, April 08, 2016

Definitions for raconteuse

  1. a woman who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly.

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Citations for raconteuse
Lady Constance Keeble was a gifted raconteuse. She had the knack of telling a story in a way that left her audience, even when it consisted of a nephew who had to have the He-and-She jokes in the comic papers explained to him, with a clear grasp of what she was talking about. P. G. Wodehouse, Uncle Fred in the Springtime, 1939
… although she has decided not to write a memoir, [Toni Morrison] is the kind of raconteuse who makes you long for one – assuming, of course, she would include the story about Marlon Brando regularly ringing her up to read out bits of her novel Song of Solomon … Gaby Wood, "Toni Morrison interview: on racism, her new novel and Marlon Brando," Telegraph, April 19, 2015
Origin of raconteuse
1860-1865
Raconteuse is the feminine form of the French term raconteur, which in turn derives from the verb raconter meaning "to tell." It entered English in the mid-1800s.