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As his interviewer listened quietly, the mustachioed raconteur discussed Sullivan’s admirably well-researched book about him.
Spooky, Strange, and Magical History of San Fancisco Magician and raconteur Christian Cagigal shares bizarre tales about San Francisco’s forgotten past, paired with magic. 7 p.m. Tues., April 10.
But where Anderson’s and Beglarian’s stories always have a narrative arc, Cage’s one-minute anecdotes are like the entertaining ramblings of a raconteur with a short attention span.
At the nearby Legion of Honor Museum, the de Young’s sister institution, more fans of the era unfold in a show that uses Giacomo Casanova, the Venetian rake and raconteur, as a tour guide through the 18th century.
Jean-Louis Atlan—Sygma via Getty Images Herzog is a brilliant raconteur but these days can be a reluctant one.
Adding to the fascinating interaction between screen and stage, director Sam Green sat alongside the American string quartet, giving narration in the raconteur style of the late Spalding Gray.
Huggins is now seen as a raffish college basketball raconteur, not an outlaw.
Chuck Johnson, the infamous conservative raconteur, accused the Cochran campaign of bribing black voters to support the senator.
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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
Definition of raconteur for English Language Learners
: someone who is good at telling stories
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