rap·​por·​teur | \ ˌra-ˌpȯr-ˈtər How to pronounce rapporteur (audio) \

Definition of rapporteur

: a person who gives reports (as at a meeting of a learned society)

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Rapporteur was adopted into English in the early 16th century and is a descendant of the Middle French verb rapporter, meaning "to bring back, report, or refer." Other descendants of "rapporter" in English include "rapportage" (a rare synonym of "reportage," in the sense of "writing intended to give an account of observed or documented events") and "rapport" ("harmonious relationship"). The words "report," "reporter," "reportage," etc., are also distant relatives of "rappouteur"; all can ultimately be traced back to the Latin prefix re-, meaning "back, again, against," and the Latin word portare, meaning "to carry."

Examples of rapporteur in a Sentence

He was selected to be the UN's rapporteur on nuclear energy.

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The head of the regional federal appeals court ruled in favor of the rapporteur. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Rule of Law Wins Again in Brazil," 15 July 2018 On the eve of Hun Sen's appearance before General Assembly, a U.N. special rapporteur told the world body's Human Rights Council that the elections had consigned Cambodia's democracy to history for the next five years. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Malaysia, Cambodia offer 2 Asian narratives of change at UN," 27 Sep. 2018 The rapporteur said Judge Favreto didn’t have the authority to accept the habeas corpus request. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Rule of Law Wins Again in Brazil," 15 July 2018 Even David Kaye, the United Nations rapporteur on the protection of freedom of expression, raised concerns. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Tech Giants Win a Battle Over Copyright Rules in Europe," 5 July 2018 In December, Philip Alston, the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, issued the report following visits to California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Rich Edson, Fox News, "Nikki Haley blasts UN report on poverty in America as 'misleading and politically motivated'," 21 June 2018 In another sign of Brazil’s volatility, Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin, who is the rapporteur in charge of the Car Wash investigation, said in an interview with GloboNews this week that members of his family have received threats. Washington Post, "Brazil’s da Silva calls demonstrations the work of fascists," 29 Mar. 2018 The United Nations special rapporteur on Cambodia, Rhona Smith, and numerous rights groups have said the July 29 vote will not be legitimate. Julia Wallace, New York Times, "‘Fireflies’ and ‘Ghosts’ in Cambodia Prop Up Facade of Real Election," 11 July 2018 Edison Lanzas, the commission’s freedom of expression rapporteur, said that the government had confirmed the death toll. Washington Post, "Commission says Nicaraguan government violated human rights," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of rapporteur

1563, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rapporteur

Middle French, from rapporter to bring back, report

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English Language Learners Definition of rapporteur

: a person whose job is to do research and present official reports on a particular subject

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