WOW: Raconteur

This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.


Here’s my WOW for this week:



Rac-on-teur (răk′ŏn-tûr′, rak-uh n-tur)

Part of Speech

A person skilled in telling stories and anecdotes

Word Origin
First recorded use: C19th (1820-30) – French from raconter, meaning ‘to relate’; from Old French re- +aconter, ‘to count up’ or ‘reckon’.

anecdotist, narrator, recounter, relater, storyteller, spinner of yarns, teller, teller of stories,

Use in a Sentence
1. When asked to name her hero only one name was upon Rawiya’s lips: Scheherazade, the greatest raconteur to ever spin a tale.

A Story-teller reciting from the "Arabian Nights." (1911) - TIMEA
Image from Wikimedia – by Sladen, Douglas Brooke Wheelton, 1856-1947

2. Even as a child Nelson was a skilled raconteur, always able to keep his audience entertained.

Male student dramatizing story - NARA - 295168
Image from Wikimedia

4 thoughts on “WOW: Raconteur

  1. I always felt that story-teller was not enough as a word to describe a person with such skill! I really like this word, Louise… from now on I’ll be using raconteur only 🙂

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  2. And Toby said to BobbieSue, “You would not believe what a raconteur Louise is! The way she spins her stories – its like – you’re there!”


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