rap·por·teur | \ˌra-ˌpȯr-ˈtər \

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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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 His comments add to the outrage felt by Tauli-Corpuz’s fellow rapporteurs. Sofia Lotto Persio, Newsweek, "Philippines's Duterte Needs 'Psychiatric' Test after Listing Human Rights Investigator as Terrorist: Top U.N. Official," 9 Mar. 2018 The special rapporteur noted that much of the population relies on black market trade to provide alternative sources of food. Ivan Watson, CNN, "North Korea blasts 'human rights racket' after damning UN report," 13 Mar. 2018 She had been appointed rapporteur for a special commission to monitor the federal intervention. Joe Sterling And Bijan Hosseini, CNN, "Brazilians mourn slain politician and demand justice for her death," 16 Mar. 2018 Last month, Franco was named rapporteur of a special commission that was to serve as a watchdog over a controversial federal intervention in Rio's public security. Jill Langlois, latimes.com, "Outspoken Rio councilwoman who fought for the marginalized is shot to death; thousands mourn," 15 Mar. 2018 Jehangir also served as president of the Supreme Court’s Bar Association and was a U.N. rapporteur on human right and extrajudicial killings. Time, "Asma Jehangir, Leading Pakistani Rights Activist, Dies at 66," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rapporteur

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rapporteur

Middle French, from rapporter to bring back, report

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

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