con·​ver·​sa·​tion·​al·​ist | \ ˌkän-vər-ˈsā-shnə-list How to pronounce conversationalist (audio) , -shə-nᵊl-ist \

Definition of conversationalist

: one who converses a great deal or who excels in conversation a witty conversationalist

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Examples of conversationalist in a Sentence

She's not much of a conversationalist. she was known as a compulsive conversationalist, so much so that it was often impossible to stop her once she got going
Recent Examples on the Web The other had traveled widely and was a skilled conversationalist. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Coronavirus testing resilience of Europe’s small Jewish communities," 23 Sep. 2020 My first season sitting in a blind waiting for ducks taught me to be a better conversationalist. Anchorage Daily News, "Knowledge gained in a duck blind can turn a hunter into a springtime naturalist," 6 June 2020 Nothing that ought to have been understood about that war could have been gleaned from the tone and the disposition of the arguers alone—there were meek voices and furious partisans, civil conversationalists and rude wits on both sides. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Enemies of the Truth," 27 Jan. 2020 As Stephen Miller explains in his 2006 book Conversation: A History of a Declining Art, dictators are rotten conversationalists. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "Why dictators make terrible conversationalists," 27 Dec. 2019 Everyone knew him as a wonderful conversationalist., "Deaths in South Florida: 10/23," 23 Oct. 2019 Good conversationalists are interested in what others have to say rather than feel pressured to fill the air with the sound of their own voices. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Retired couple need tips for succeeding in new social situations," 18 Sep. 2019 Good conversationalists are interested in what others have to say rather than feel pressured to fill the air with the sound of their own voices. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Moving to a new community brings out social insecurities," 18 Sep. 2019 Bear in mind, some people are more willing conversationalists than others, and as always, use discretion. Matthew De Silva, Quartz at Work, "Why you should spend time with older colleagues outside of work," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of conversationalist

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conversationalist

see conversation

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The first known use of conversationalist was in 1819

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8 Oct 2020

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“Conversationalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of conversationalist

: a person who likes or is good at conversation

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