sto·​ry·​tell·​er ˈstȯr-ē-ˌte-lər How to pronounce storyteller (audio)
: a teller of stories: such as
: a relater of anecdotes
: a reciter of tales (as in a children's library)
: a writer of stories
storytelling 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of storyteller was in 1709

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“Storyteller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


sto·​ry·​tell·​er ˈstōr-ē-ˌtel-ər How to pronounce storyteller (audio)
: a teller of stories

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