Raconteur is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of raconteur, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a person skilled in telling anecdotes
EXAMPLES - Raconteur in a Sentence
- Dan Vojir is a San Francisco writer and raconteur. (source)
- John Gorenfeld, raconteur and all around swell guy. (source)
- But is Mr. Mohr truly an heir to the drink-sozzled raconteur? (source)
- Author's Bio: Dan Vojir is a San Francisco writer and raconteur. (source)
- Graves is an excellent raconteur, and he seems by nature a happy man. (source)
- He had a terrific sense of humor and was a great "raconteur"--look it up! (source)
- Describing her role as a "raconteur," she said, "Verlaine's poems are sheer romance. (source)
- Gaz is quite the raconteur, and the book never fails to entertain even at its most educational. (source)
- He was a flirty raconteur -- good in a bar and certainly presenting a persona, as it should be in bars. (source)
- Ismael Roldan He's a nonstop raconteur, and his life is a living history of the pioneering years of radio and TV. (source)
- An admirable talker, 'raconteur', and mimic, with a wit's relish for wit, the charm of his good temper was irresistible. (source)
- So Norman Mailer the writer served as an ally of sorts, but Norman Mailer the raconteur and storyteller was perhaps even better. (source)
- She was the world's greatest raconteur, and would invite you over to her home, sit on a small little stool and lend you a big chair. (source)
- Anyone who has spoken with him, as I have, learns that the Southern California artist is also a raconteur of great skill, humor and insight. (source)
- Bailey, a charming raconteur, wove the pieces together with entertaining stories of a highly anecdotal nature about the composers or himself. (source)
- Mr. Zigun, a colorful raconteur who calls himself the "permanently unelected unofficial mayor" of Coney Island, likes to accommodate the audience. (source)
- Since her mother's contacts with men were confined to halfhour encounters in bed, it did not take much to be regarded as a great raconteur by Puamana. (source)
- Then Joel and Jenny babysat again (thank you so much guys!) so Stu and I could see Esoterica featuring the amazing Eric Walton, magician and raconteur. (source)
- York was known as a raconteur who loved telling jokes, including to the stone-faced negotiators for the Soviet Union during the long sessions in Geneva. (source)
- Equal parts musician, performance artist and raconteur, Watts is the rare kind of performer that leaves you with a wide grin on your face after seeing him. (source)
- He is a wonderful raconteur, a passionate political advocate, and it would be no surprise to see him throwing his hat in a ring for political office in the near future. (source)
- He was on the board of directors of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and was a noted raconteur with a perfect recall of games he had pitched decades before. (source)
- He was a splendid raconteur and hard-core print guy, with fond, hilarious stories about his scuffling days in Philadelphia, writing unbylined short pieces for the sports pages. (source)
- But it's also a testament to Sydney's instincts, his easy way with conversation -- he's as good a listener as he is a raconteur -- and his understanding of the creative process. (source)
- Rouse, who is more of a raconteur-songwriter guy than a samba dancer, must have picked up the native tongue fraternizing with the locals, because he sings in lisp-perfect Spanish. (source)
- I imagine there are plenty of great stories available in and around the fictional world of Pandora and I would love to see Cameron, who is often a wonderful raconteur, tell one of them. (source)
- In a long and colorful life, jockey turned art dealer Billy Pearson earned a reputation as a great raconteur, trading laughs with pals such as Gene Kelly, Andy Williams, and Sam Shepard. (source)
- A notorious raconteur, Pearson, who died in 2002 at the age of 82, told his quiz-show check story again and again over the years, and it acquired a brighter sheen with each new narration. (source)
- Like some animated raconteur extolling the exploits of heroes and gods around a primal campfire, he carried on the same tradition that kept folklore and mythology alive through times past. (source)
- I recently re-read "The Razor's Edge," and W. Somerset Maugham's authorial voice in that novel is so prominent that the entire story takes on the feel of a long fireside chat with a skilled raconteur. (source)
- The biography reads less like the result of interviewing colleagues and examining documents than like the tales of a natural raconteur, with a good listener shaping a narrative and filling in some details. (source)
- DUBLIN -- Sir Anthony O'Reilly long has been a symbol of Irish resurgence, a national rugby hero and raconteur who conquered the U.S. corporate world before returning home to oversee a sprawling business empire. (source)
- But my father was a great "raconteur" and he just loved to have somebody come in the house and, after we'd moved to the new house as we called it where the Junior League is now, he just loved to lay back in his chair. (source)
- Welch writes that Tobin, a skilled sculptor and raconteur with long black and silver ringlets, "could have passed for Louis the XIV, if the Sun King had favored flannel shirts open to his ribs and had worn a whale-tooth necklace." (source)
- RODGERS AND HART PROGRAM, pianist and raconteur Robert Wyatt discusses the team that wrote the music and lyrics for 28 stage musicals, 4 films and more than 500 songs, including "With a Song in My Heart" and "The Lady Is a Tramp." 6: 45 p.m., (source)
- Also out is Zwigoff's earlier film Louie Bluie ($24.95; Criterion), an hour long look at the wildly entertaining musician and raconteur Howard Armstrong that serves as an excuse for telling the history of traveling jug bands in their 1930s heyday. (source)
- Originally the home of cowboy humorist Will Rogers, I am old enough to remember the exploits of this remarkable man... he of the winsome smile wrote a newspaper column that 40 million people read regularly, was a movie star and raconteur, and a polo player. (source)
- Poole, an excellent raconteur, has some good stories: his description of the earnest clergyman who believed the Indians were one of the Lost Tribes of Israel, and lectured them on the subject without realising that they spoke no English, is well worth reading. (source)
- The overly manicured and relentlessly dull "Love" had refashioned Streisand as a late-night jazz chanteuse; the new live CD/DVD package "One Night Only: Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard" imagines her as a down-to-earth diva and breezy raconteur. (source)
- As a broke, 25-year-old blogger, I try to assimilate what's going on, looking, I am sure, like the hapless guy in Vrijmoet's paintings: I blink and wonder if it's all really true, or if Roberts is just a world-class raconteur who'd given some buddy a call across the city. (source)
- After the Guggenheim's 2009 show, The Third Mind, named for a concept of collaboration by famed novelist William S. Burroughs and lesser known painter, writer, restaurateur, raconteur Brion Gysin, inevitably a curiosity would grow around this exceptional artist of many trades. (source)
- But a purist who objects so forcibly to archaism and archaicism should avoid such terms as "whilom Persian Secretary" (p. 170); as anthophobia, which he is compelled to explain by "dread of selecting only what is best" (p. 175), as anthophobist (p. 176); as "fatuous ejaculations" (p. 183), as a "raconteur" (source)
- Inversely, Pincus-Roth also calls attention to Marshall's ability to perform before an audience, which lent itself well to the research and writing of the play: "Marshall, a world-class raconteur, would adapt his speaking style to his audience -- exaggerating his drawl while in Southern courtrooms, for instance." (source)
- Utah Phillips, a former NPR host who was blacklisted in the state of Utah after an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate in 1968 on the Peace and Freedom party ticket can be described as a raconteur extraordinaire, a radical historian well-versed in the sorrowful details of the bloodiest social justice struggles of the last century, a hobo, and one hell of a musician whose songs can break your heart and bring your blood to a boil. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 57.0, which suggests that "raconteur" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 3 synonyms for raconteur.
anecdotist, narrator, storyteller
We have 0 antonyms for raconteur.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of raconteur from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A storyteller, especially a person noted for telling stories with skill and wit.
- (verb) To make witty remarks or stories.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A relater; a storyteller.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A story-teller; a person given to or skilled in relating anecdotes, recounting adventures, or the like.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a person skilled in telling anecdotes