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)
c : liar, fibber
d : a writer of stories

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storytelling \ ˈstȯr-​ē-​ˌte-​liŋ How to pronounce storyteller (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 Keefe is a gifted storyteller who excels at capturing personalities, which is no small thing given that the Sacklers didn’t provide access. Washington Post, "For the Sackler family, a dynasty built on medicine, marketing and pain," 8 Apr. 2021 Author Stephen King remembered the Texas native as a great storyteller. Los Angeles Times, "Larry McMurtry remembered by writers, actors, fans: ‘RIP, cowboy. Horseman, pass by’," 26 Mar. 2021 Kendrick is a gifted storyteller, and the oral tradition flows freely through him. New York Times, "Justice for the Negro Leagues Will Mean More Than Just Stats," 23 Mar. 2021 These scenes are framed by interjections from a griot, or traditional Black storyteller. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: A Perfect Storm of Weather and Racism in ‘shadow/land’," 13 Apr. 2021 That is a shame because Keefe is such a talented researcher and storyteller, and a sustained portrait of one of the multitude of families ruined by the Sacklers’ drug would have presented their callousness in even starker relief. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A new exposé is an air-tight indictment of the family behind the opioid crisis," 13 Apr. 2021 Today, though, The Nevers is an unimpressive monument to a storyteller whose work has meant a lot to many people, but who cannot now figure out how to rise to the moment. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "The Nevers Is an Unimpressive Monument to Joss Whedon’s Obsessions," 9 Apr. 2021 Mel was a master storyteller whose own story is like something out of American myth. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Opening day brings memories of a great friend to baseball," 1 Apr. 2021 Huttle was also an avid storyteller, and one of his tales illustrates a crucial aspect of local life at this time. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a severe mid-century housing crisis left its mark on Anchorage neighborhoods," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of storyteller

1709, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Storyteller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of storyteller

: someone who tells or writes stories

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