Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A storyteller, especially a person noted for telling stories with skill and wit.
  • v. To make witty remarks or stories.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A relater; a storyteller.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A story-teller; a person given to or skilled in relating anecdotes, recounting adventures, or the like.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person skilled in telling anecdotes

Etymologies

French, from raconter, to relate, from Old French : re-, re- + aconter, to count up, reckon; see account.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, agentive of raconter ("to relate, to recount") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He had a terrific sense of humor and was a great "raconteur"--look it up!

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  • York was known as a raconteur who loved telling jokes, including to the stone-faced negotiators for the Soviet Union during the long sessions in Geneva.

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  • Utah Phillips, a former NPR host who was blacklisted in the state of Utah after an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate in 1968 on the Peace and Freedom party ticket can be described as a raconteur extraordinaire, a radical historian well-versed in the sorrowful details of the bloodiest social justice struggles of the last century, a hobo, and one hell of a musician whose songs can break your heart and bring your blood to a boil.

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  • But my father was a great "raconteur" and he just loved to have somebody come in the house and, after we'd moved to the new house as we called it where the Junior League is now, he just loved to lay back in his chair.

    Oral History Interview with George Watts Hill, January 30, 1986. Interview C-0047. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • But a purist who objects so forcibly to archaism and archaicism should avoid such terms as "whilom Persian Secretary" (p. 170); as anthophobia, which he is compelled to explain by "dread of selecting only what is best" (p. 175), as anthophobist (p. 176); as "fatuous ejaculations" (p. 183), as a "raconteur"

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  • An admirable talker, 'raconteur', and mimic, with a wit's relish for wit, the charm of his good temper was irresistible.

    The Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals. Vol. 1

  • Describing her role as a "raconteur," she said, "Verlaine's poems are sheer romance.

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  • • Brian Simpson Obituary, 2 February was indeed a gifted raconteur.

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  • Durrell, as well as loving animals to distraction, also had the light-hearted touch of the raconteur.

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  • Listening to the archive material in the documentary, there's an immediate sense of being in the company of a natural raconteur.

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