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 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 ("a harmonious relationship," as in "The young teacher had a good rapport with the students"). The words report, reporter, reportage, etc., are also distant relatives of rapporteur; all can ultimately be traced back to the Latin prefix re-, meaning "back, again, or 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 Richard Bennett, the United Nations special rapporteur for Afghanistan on human rights, condemned the blasts. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2022 In February 2021, the special rapporteur urged the U.S. government, along with the United Kingdom and Portugal, to unfreeze assets of the Venezuela Central Bank to purchase medicine, vaccines, food, spare parts and other essential goods. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 Assange, 50, is currently being held at London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison, where his mental and physical health have deteriorated markedly, according to his family, supporters and Nils Melzer, the United Nations' special rapporteur on torture. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2021 David Kaye, a former United Nations special rapporteur on free expression, said Twitter should revert the policy and go back to the drawing board. Brian Fung, CNN, 3 Dec. 2021 The coalition of nursing unions — representing more than 2.5 million health-care workers from 28 countries — wrote a letter to Tlaleng Mofokeng, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to health. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Another proposal led by the Marshall Islands to create a new special rapporteur on climate change was also approved by the Council on Friday. NBC News, 8 Oct. 2021 May 21, 2011 - Juan Mendez, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture, says that at least 300 people were killed and 700 injured during the Tunisian uprising in December and January. CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Human rights and counterterrorism haven’t made easy bedfellows, despite the best efforts of people like Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, a United Nations special rapporteur. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Sep. 2021 See More

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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 24 May. 2022.

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