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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
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.