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

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By Robert Zaretsky Harvard, 258 pages, $27.95 A voracious reader on virtually any subject, Diderot was an intrepid thinker and tireless writer, a doting father, a warmhearted friend, an ardent conversationalist. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 What does being a good conversationalist have to do with being an effective networker? Kimberly Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Career Rescue: 5 ways to become a good conversationalist," 18 May 2018 In person, cover star Alexander Skarsgård is a witty and warm conversationalist. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Editor’s Letter: Taking the Lead," 13 Sep. 2018 And her saving grace was her daughter Shelly, who served as caregiver, conversationalist and confidante. Scott Maxwell,, "Harriett Lake: Orlando's grande dame of philanthropy was wry, witty and oh-so-generous," 11 July 2018 Jim was an avid reader, historian and gifted conversationalist., "Wesley James Willys," 14 June 2018 Siri and Alexa will be better conversationalists; shopping experiences will feel ultra-tailored. Staff, WIRED, "WIRED’S Predictions for Bots, Blockchains, Crispr, and More," 22 May 2018 In an episode of Marc Maron’s podcast that underlined how far the ground had shifted (and moved the ground even farther), Wong whipped out a breast pump during her interview and proceeded to stupefy the famous conversationalist. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Tig Notaro's New Netflix Special Finds her Content, Healthy, and Just as Funny," 22 May 2018 Anyone can start becoming a better conversationalist with just a few changes. 1. Kimberly Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Career Rescue: 5 ways to become a good conversationalist," 18 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of conversationalist

: a person who likes or is good at conversation

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