One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thinker; a person who thinks or reasons.
2A character in a play or other work who expresses the author's message, point of view, or philosophy.
no object To act as a raisonneur.
Early 19th century. From French raisonneur person who annoys by reasoning, person who reasons, character in comedy who expresses the author's message from raisonner + -eur<br>1960s; earliest use found in P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975), writer. From raisonneur.
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