raconteur

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

Definition of raconteur

: a person who excels in telling anecdotes

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.

Examples of raconteur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the course of 10 rootsy rock & roll songs, the music, words and singing wink, groove and raconteur. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 7 July 2022 Some nights, guests might find locals and visitors gathered in the space for A to B, a vinyl listening session that invites a local or famous musician to play the A and B sides of a record and act as raconteur between sides or songs. Noah Lederman, SPIN, 27 June 2022 This very special-episode-like installment of UnCabaret ended with resident closer Jamie Bridgers, a very funny raconteur who happens to be the mother of indie rock darling Phoebe Bridgers. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 From its founding over 20 years ago, saxophonist extraordinaire and local musical raconteur Norman Tischler was the director of the Workmen’s Circle Klezmer Orchestra. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 3 June 2022 Their most powerful cudgel was Thompson’s catty barroom raconteur Buddy Cole, a trash-talking one-man pride revolution in an ascot. New York Times, 24 May 2022 Adelstein is an engaging raconteur, but one whose narratives frequently shifted during our two hours of conversation. Gavin J Blair, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 As an accomplished author, chef, raconteur and guide through communities and cultures around the world, Bourdain started dialogues and opened doors where many had never thought to go. Foren Clark, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 Thayer and Reinhardt were splendid in their dual roles of raconteur and director in this pictorial sonic essay. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raconteur. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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