Definition of causerie in US English:



  • An informal article or talk, typically one on a literary subject.

    • ‘More recently, we have the eccentric cameos of Richard Cobb and causeries of A.J.P. Taylor, of which he said they were evidence that he had run out of historical subjects.’
    • ‘The man who, in 1920, MacCarthy, under the nom de guerre ‘Affable Hawk’, succeeded as causerie columnist and literary editor of the New Statesman, was John Squire.’
    • ‘Where critics of the older school would bring forth laborious lay sermons, he would trot out a diverting confection of a causerie.’
    • ‘In causerie we are slipshod with our terminology; in fact, variations in terms and equivocations often lend considerable charm to the conversation.’


French, from causer ‘to talk’.