sto·​ry·​tell·​er | \ ˈstȯr-ē-ˌte-lər How to pronounce storyteller (audio) \

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)
d : a writer of stories

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Other Words from storyteller

storytelling \ ˈstȯr-​ē-​ˌte-​liŋ How to pronounce storytelling (audio) \ noun

Examples of storyteller in a Sentence

he's something of a storyteller, so I wouldn't put too much stock in anything he says
Recent Examples on the Web But what none of them have actually had the resources to even attempt to do … is to match Hollywood-style, triple-A, best-in-class storytellers with the financial resources to be able to tell these types of stories. Todd S. Purdum, The Atlantic, "Why the People Behind Quibi Are So Confident," 5 Apr. 2020 The chatty storyteller of Swanson’s twisty mystery is Malcolm Kershaw, the proprietor of Old Devils Bookstore on Boston’s Beacon Hill. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Stashed in the Marsh, Left in the Road: Victims Pile Up in Four New Crime Novels," 3 Apr. 2020 My instinct as a storyteller is to tell those kinds of stories. Los Angeles Times, "He learned from Shonda Rhimes. But he made ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ all his own," 2 Apr. 2020 And the survivors, oral storytellers, carry these memories with them. Mitch Anderson, Time, ""Go Make Camps Deeper in the Forest." How the Amazon's Indigenous People are Handling the Threat of the Coronavirus," 24 Apr. 2020 Besides being an agile storyteller, Shi, who shared DP duties with Shilin Sun, has a strong eye. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Finding Yingying': Film Review | SXSW 2020," 27 Mar. 2020 The concept brings storytellers on a stage to read an excerpt from their childhood diaries to a live audience. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "40 podcasts to enjoy during coronavirus isolation," 7 Apr. 2020 Dorman, a sometimes digressive storyteller with a redeeming knack for keeping one amused and amazed, is a historian at the University of Nevada, Reno. Julian Lucas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 30 Mar. 2020 Richard Moss is an award-winning writer, journalist, and storyteller who explores the future—and the past—of innovation, video games, and technology. Richard C. Moss, Ars Technica, "ASCII art + permadeath: The history of roguelike games," 19 Mar. 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Storyteller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of storyteller

: someone who tells or writes stories

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