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

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 In addition to being a laidback and insightful conversationalist, Hannon is a brilliant guitarist and songwriter. Matt Wake |, al, 15 Nov. 2021 The Houston Astros manager, never a dull conversationalist, was live on Fox when Boston’s Kiké Hernandez crushed a game-tying home run in the top of the third inning. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021 Cowan and Blass: one a convivial conversationalist, the other reserved and tending taciturn. New York Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Facebook tributes remembered Timms for his skill as a barber and conversationalist. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2021 Ticks bite, suck, and are terrible conversationalist. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 17 June 2021 That grandmother had been none other than Madame de Staël, the writer, political theorist and famed conversationalist who epitomized France’s brilliant society during the decades before and after the French Revolution. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 Rogers is a web developer, a keen observer of tech and equity, and a consistently good online conversationalist. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 25 May 2021 As a conversationalist and as an author, Oyeyemi is the queen of the sidelong glance, the misdirection, the parable that can be taken two ways. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 29 Mar. 2021

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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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26 Nov 2021

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“Conversationalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of conversationalist

: a person who likes or is good at conversation

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