causerie

noun
cau·se·rie | \ ˌkōz-ˈrē , ˌkō-zə- \

Definition of causerie 

1 : an informal conversation : chat

2 : a short informal essay

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Causerie first appeared in English in the early 19th century, and it can be traced back to French causer ("to chat") and ultimately to Latin causa ("cause, reason"). The word was originally used to refer to a friendly or informal conversation. Then, in 1849, the author and critic Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve began publishing a weekly column devoted to literary topics in the French newspaper Le Constitutionnel. These critical essays were called "Causeries du lundi" ("Monday chats") and were later collected into a series of books of the same name. After that, the word causerie acquired a second sense in English, referring to a brief, informal article or essay.

Examples of causerie in a Sentence

the monthly departmental causeries did much to foster a sense of community

First Known Use of causerie

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for causerie

French, from causer to chat, from Latin causari to plead, discuss, from causa

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