raconteur

noun
ra·​con·​teur | \ ˌra-ˌkän-ˈtər How to pronounce raconteur (audio) , -kən-\

Definition of raconteur

: a person who excels in telling anecdotes

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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.

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Light skinned with reddish hair, Mr. Franklin was a raconteur who relished being the center of attention. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "The Gay Jewish Matador From Brooklyn," 25 June 2019 Tony was a gifted raconteur known for his quick wit and sense of humor. courant.com, "Anthony M. Fitzgerald," 7 June 2019 Anthony Bourdain, the chef and author who parlayed his love of food, taste for adventure and gifts as a raconteur into television stardom, was found dead Friday in a hotel room in France of an apparent suicide, CNN said. Keach Hagey And Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Anthony Bourdain, CNN TV Host, Is Found Dead in Apparent Suicide," 8 June 2018 The 87-year-old Emmy Award-winning actor, author, recording artist and raconteur can deliver. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "William Shatner returns to San Antonio for ‘Wrath of Khan’ Q&A at the Tobin Center," 19 June 2018 After Sinatra became a pop-music sensation in the 1940s, the couple moved to Los Angeles, where the singer would also become a movie star, raconteur, man about town and notorious womanizer. John Rogers, chicagotribune.com, "Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101," 14 July 2018 After Sinatra became a pop-music sensation in the 1940s, the couple moved to Los Angeles, where the singer would also become a movie star, raconteur, man about town and notorious womanizer. John Rogers, BostonGlobe.com, "Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101," 14 July 2018 After Sinatra became a pop-music sensation in the 1940s, the couple moved to Los Angeles, where the singer would also become a movie star, raconteur, man about town and notorious womanizer. NBC News, "Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101," 14 July 2018 After Sinatra became a pop-music sensation in the 1940s, the couple moved to Los Angeles, where the singer would also become a movie star, raconteur, man about town and notorious womanizer. CBS News, "Nancy Sinatra Sr., Frank Sinatra's first wife, dead at 101," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of raconteur

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raconteur

French, from Middle French, from raconter to tell, from Old French, from re- + aconter, acompter to tell, count — more at account

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raconteur

noun

English Language Learners Definition of raconteur

formal : someone who is good at telling stories

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