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
Recent Examples on the Web As a storyteller, Gardner examines truth by documenting and redefining themes of legacy, labor, the perception of beauty, and familial dynamics in underrepresented communities and cultures. Photovogue, Vogue, 6 Nov. 2023 But even storytellers of a more prosaic bent could learn something from Jackson’s gift for narrative elision and economy, her insistence on the primacy of the visual and her sparing use of music. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2023 In Greek mythology particularly, death is a hound which haunts both its characters and storytellers. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2023 Additionally, her creative agency, Chucha Studios– named after her late mother– empowers Black storytellers. Skylar Mitchell, Essence, 30 Oct. 2023 Perhaps the most jarring is the cultural hostility some storytellers and artists are currently facing, something reminiscent of the festival’s earliest days amid the AIDS crisis. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Oct. 2023 Open Television and the Sundance Institute have joined forces for a new initiative aimed at expanding support for intersectional storytellers. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Nov. 2023 Her longevity is in her artistic approach, and her deftness as a storyteller. Zandria Robinson, Glamour, 1 Nov. 2023 All great prophecies need a storyteller; someone must spread the word, sound the alarm. Edmund Arévalo, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 See More

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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 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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