Definition of raconteur in English:



  • A person who tells anecdotes in a skilful and amusing way.

    ‘a colourful raconteur’
    • ‘A very sociable man, he had his own chair at his ‘local’ where he was appreciated as a raconteur of amusing and highly-embroidered stories.’
    • ‘He was a famous raconteur remembered for many performances of his dialogue, which he spoke with his daughter, on the nature of mathematics.’
    • ‘He rarely wrote letters, conducting his business on the telephone or, more often, holding court in public houses, where he was an unrivalled raconteur.’
    • ‘He was an active and knowledgeable gardener and he remained a highly competitive bridge player and an excellent raconteur of amusing medical reminiscences.’
    • ‘The evening will also include contributories from musicians and local raconteurs.’
    • ‘‘I can remember every nanosecond of that crash,’ says Neeson, who possesses a soft Antrim brogue and the delivery of a born raconteur.’
    • ‘He's an extraordinary raconteur and very bold.’
    • ‘American kids are brilliant raconteurs; they will talk about anything and talk well, as long as there's no written object to refer to.’
    • ‘‘He's a raconteur and multi-instrumentalist able to portray a sense of fun one minute and sheer emotion the next,’ says one admirer.’
    • ‘The painter is a seriously anecdotal man, a raconteur par excellence who needs no aide-memoires, at age 77.’
    • ‘The trouble is, Dawson was a born raconteur, and like most raconteurs he sometimes embellished his stories to amuse his listeners.’
    • ‘Sir Peter Ustinov was a great raconteur and notable humanitarian, but don't forget about his acting says a noted film historian.’
    • ‘Mark is quite the raconteur once he relaxes a bit.’
    • ‘And in an age when hairdressing salons are a bit like assembly lines it's refreshing to meet a real raconteur and bon viveur.’
    • ‘Tiernan performs with the casual ease of a natural raconteur, but the appearance belies an almost fretful perfectionism.’
    • ‘It is always a delightful experience to eat there, and Louis' presence as a raconteur just adds to it all.’
    • ‘He is an engaging raconteur, and the narrative offers a wealth of information on both past and present conditions in this part of the world.’
    • ‘A gifted raconteur, he was born to talk, to entertain, to lose the plot, to start again, to regale you with tales from one of the fullest lives a human being could ever live.’
    • ‘Any performers are welcome to share their skills at the open mike session - musicians, dancers, poets, puppeteers, raconteurs and actors.’
    • ‘My brother, being the great raconteur that he is, would entertain us with stories of his naughty antics from school, then later, from work.’
    storyteller, teller of tales, spinner of yarns, narrator, relater, recounter
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Early 19th century: French, from raconter ‘relate, recount’.