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.
Recent Examples on the Web United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard, who investigates extrajudicial killings, said this week. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Biden's early sanctions fall short of campaign promises to punish Putin and Saudi crown prince," 3 Mar. 2021 David Kaye, a law professor and former U.N. special rapporteur on free expression, said on Thursday that Facebook had made the right call in banning Mr. Trump’s accounts until Inauguration Day. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "The President Is Losing His Platforms," 7 Jan. 2021 On the train to Strasbourg, Paul drafted a motion to appoint a special rapporteur for Malta, while Matthew consulted a lawyer over the phone. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Murder in Malta," 14 Dec. 2020 Sewell first visited Lowndes with the U.N. special rapporteur. Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, "The Heavy Toll of the Black Belt’s Wastewater Crisis," 23 Nov. 2020 For nearly a decade, for example, the council has repeatedly renewed the mandate of a special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, an official who produces periodic studies that provide evidence of Iranian violation of numerous international laws. Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic, "The U.S. Used to Write the Rules—Now China Does," 8 Oct. 2020 Later, the rapporteur of the bill creating Citizen Income said the sources of financing for the new program have not changed. Martha Viotti Beck, Bloomberg.com, "Bolsonaro Says Brazil Needs Social Plan to Avoid Unrest," 29 Sep. 2020 It had been placed on the World Monuments Watch list, and the United Nations special rapporteur for cultural rights had demanded it be preserved, to no avail. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "The Big Tech hearing was a good day for democracy," 30 July 2020 That scrutiny can only take place if Facebook doesn’t censor the voices of those who aren’t in positions of power, said David Kaye, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression. NBC News, "'Facebook doesn't care': Activists say accounts removed despite Zuckerberg's free-speech stance," 30 May 2020

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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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“Rapporteur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapporteur. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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