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The filmmaker, raconteur and activist Michael Moore remains stanch, but his solo performance is yielding its Broadway berth.
The British raconteur opened his goldmine of stories for the audience.
Cruise plays Barry as an aw-shucks raconteur, and the routine is amusing at first.
Casas, who performed as Dianne de Las Casas, brought her skills as a raconteur to libraries and conferences across the country and beyond.
This triggers a series of flashbacks to Jeannette’s nomadic and impoverished childhood and especially her relationship with Rex, a possibly brilliant man who is all ideas and no follow-through, a mean alcoholic and a charismatic raconteur.
The raconteur buddies starting calling themselves The Moths.
Risible raconteur Jim Shepard imagines The World to Come (Knopf).
Jimmy then was thin, handsome, an irrepressible raconteur and hustler.
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raconteur Has Old French Roots
The story of raconteur is a tale of telling and counting. English speakers borrowed the word from French, where it traces back to the Old French verb raconter, meaning "to tell." Raconter in turn was formed from another Old French verb, aconter or acompter, meaning "to tell" or "to count," which is ultimately from Latin computare, meaning "to count." Computare is also the source of our words count and account. Raconteur has been part of the English vocabulary since at least 1828.
RACONTEUR Defined for English Language Learners
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