sto·ry·tell·er | \ ˈstȯr-ē-ˌte-lər \

Definition of storyteller 

: a teller of stories: such as

a : a relater of anecdotes

b : a reciter of tales (as in a children's library)

c : liar, fibber

d : a writer of stories

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Other words from storyteller

storytelling \ˈstȯr-ē-ˌte-liŋ \ noun

Synonyms for storyteller


fabricator, fibber, liar, prevaricator

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Examples of storyteller in a Sentence

he's something of a storyteller, so I wouldn't put too much stock in anything he says

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Every third Sunday of the month a storyteller uses colorful books to tell stories about the aquatic species that live in the Lake Worth Lagoon., "events by county," 28 Mar. 2018 In the hands of a skilled storyteller such as the late Alana Baranick, who wrote obituaries for the The Plain Dealer until her retirement in 2008, even the most ordinary life would become posthumously compelling. Phillip Morris,, "Moses Cleaveland, may you rest in peace: Phillip Morris," 25 Mar. 2018 Includes pizza dinner; guided twilight tour; animal enrichment treats; storyteller Suellen Primost and the Nylon Zoo; campfire s’mores; breakfast; morning tour; Sunday zoo admission included., "Kids listings," 12 July 2018 Right now my drive is being in great stories with great storytellers, and that’s it. Max Cea, GQ, "Betty Gabriel Is Waiting for Hollywood’s Call," 1 June 2018 Dolan said the company is soliciting storytellers, artists and performers to create content. Washington Post, "High-tech, sphere-shaped arena coming to Las Vegas Strip," 19 May 2018 Strickland and MacDonald, Fringe vets and ace storytellers, use song, puppetry and light — such clever use of light — to set the creepy mood. Matthew J. Palm,, "Review: 13 Dead Dreams of "Eugene" - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 The mountains named honored storytellers, including Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, who collaborated on the 2001 film and book. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Kubrick and Clarke reunited as mountains on Pluto’s moon Charon," 12 Apr. 2018 UAB Hospital now has eight artists-in-residence, including visual artists, storytellers, creative writers, dance specialists, and musicians. Birmingham Magazine,, "How Children's Hospital and other area facilities use art to promote healing," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of storyteller

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of storyteller was in 1709

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English Language Learners Definition of storyteller

: someone who tells or writes stories

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