an·​i·​ma·​teur ˌa-nə-mə-ˈtər How to pronounce animateur (audio)
plural animateurs
: someone who leads and encourages participation in a particular activity and especially in a cultural or artistic activity
Like other animateurs, he juggles several projects at once: last year … he was working with youth groups preparing a children's opera … at the same time, he was working with the … Community Choir as well as leading other school projects.Edward Marriott, Music Magazine, 1 Feb. 2004

Word History


borrowed from French, from animer "to animate entry 2" + -ateur -ator

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of animateur was in 1950

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“Animateur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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