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 determination with which politicians and policymakers cling to this blinkered view can be seen in the lonely quest of Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Jackson Diehl, The Denver Post, "Commentary: Mohammed bin Salman is our newest Saddam Hussein," 8 July 2019 Agnes Callamard, a human rights expert who is a special rapporteur for the U.N. Human Rights Commission, released a 101-page report on her months-long inquiry into Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Washington Post, "U.N. investigator calls for probing Saudi officials in Khashoggi killing," 20 June 2019 The special rapporteur does not make any conclusions on the guilt of the Saudi Crown Prince and King. Nic Robertson, CNN, "Khashoggi murder: Independent investigation blames Saudi Arabia for 'extrajudicial killing' of journalist," 19 June 2019 Agnes Callamard, the special rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, said responsibility for Khashoggi's killing falls on Saudi Arabia. Author: Jamey Keaten, Aya Batrawy, Anchorage Daily News, "U.N. inquiry into Khashoggi killing calls for greater scrutiny of Saudi prince and other officials," 19 June 2019 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

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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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