con·​ver·​sa·​tion·​al·​ist ˌkän-vər-ˈsā-shnə-list How to pronounce conversationalist (audio)
: one who converses a great deal or who excels in conversation
a witty conversationalist

Examples of conversationalist in a Sentence

She's not much of a conversationalist. she's a compulsive conversationalist, so I try to avoid her at the end of the work day
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Word History


see conversation

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conversationalist was in 1819

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“Conversationalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


con·​ver·​sa·​tion·​al·​ist ˌkän-vər-ˈsā-shnə-ləst How to pronounce conversationalist (audio)
: a person who is fond of or good at conversation

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