Definition of raconteur in English:



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

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