raconteur

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noun ra·con·teur \ˌra-ˌkän-ˈtər, -kən-\

Definition of raconteur

  1. :  a person who excels in telling anecdotes

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of raconteur

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


First Known Use: 1828


RACONTEUR Defined for English Language Learners

raconteur

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noun ra·con·teur \ˌra-ˌkän-ˈtər, -kən-\

Definition of raconteur for English Language Learners

  • : someone who is good at telling stories



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