The word raconteur entered the English language in the 1820s, from the French. We will examine the definition of raconteur, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

A raconteur is someone who can tell a story, joke or anecdote in an amusing fashion. A raconteur may be a professional, but usually a raconteur is simply a person who is popular and entertaining in a social situation. Raconteur carries the connotation of conviviality. Most often, raconteur refers to a man. The word may be used to refer to a woman, though it is unusual. The plural form of raconteur is raconteurs. The word raconteur is a borrowed or loan word from the French. A borrowed or loan word is one that comes into the English language intact from another language. The word raconteur means to recount, as in to tell a story or give an account.


It’s a Monday night in late November and Ryutei Ichiya, a kimono-clad 34-year-old rakugo comic raconteur, is performing a skit in front of a crowd of over 100. (The Japan Times)

She called Smith “the foremost expert on the presidency” and “an amazing raconteur.” (The Palm Beach Daily News)

“He was an accomplished river guide and great camper and raconteur and really at his best on the river,” Livermore said. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Fascinatingly, every poem ends with the poet referring to himself in the third person and Ajay/ Musafir is portrayed alternately as raconteur, listener, counsellor, friend, guide and rival. (The Hindustan Times)

And then there’s Evil Santa, as he calls himself, an outspoken raconteur holding forth in his son’s busy souvenir shop just downstairs from Official Santa’s grotto. (The Seattle Times)

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