Definition of raconteuse in US English:



  • A female raconteur.

    • ‘The collection features time-traveller, raconteuse and occasional the nightclub singer.’
    • ‘Part raconteuse, part avant-garde musician, and part social commentator, she provides nourishment to a diverse audience with equal measures of irony and tenderness.’
    • ‘If it's any consolation, I suspect that my sister, who is a better dancer than raconteuse, would say it also fails as a dance piece.’
    • ‘There's nothing like your assembled audience saying, ‘that's not funny, that's horrible’ to take the wind out of a raconteuse's sails.’
    • ‘A chanteuse, raconteuse and all-round adulte terrible, ultra-sophisticated rebel Kay Thompson was born plain old Kitty Fink in St Louis.’
    • ‘Her one-act is filled with lingering descriptions of physical contact between lovers, related by a mysterious raconteuse in the corner table of a Brussels café.’


Mid 19th century: French, feminine of raconteur (see raconteur).