conversationalist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n conversationalist someone skilled at conversation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Conversationalist A conversationist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conversationalist A talker; especially, an agreeable and interesting talker; a converser; one who excels in conversation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Conversationalist one who excels in conversation
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Quotations

  • John Mason Brown
    John Mason Brown
    “A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember.”
  • Lisa Kirk
    Lisa Kirk
    “A gossip is one who talks to you about others; a bore is one who talks to you about himself; and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. conversāri, to live with—con, inten., and versāre, to turn much—vertĕre, to turn.

Usage

In literature:

Some of them proved very bad cowboys, but all of them were delightful conversationalists.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
To the last she was a lady of extreme sweetness of manner, and a fascinating and interesting conversationalist.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
He must be a conversationalist.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
She had a reputation as a brilliant conversationalist to uphold.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
They call him an orator and the king of conversationalists.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The cultivated conversationalist who talks gossip in its intellectual form does not indulge in oblique hints and insinuations.
"Conversation" by Mary Greer Conklin
Educate yourself, as a wife, to keep up with the times sufficiently to be at least a companionable conversationalist.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Liane was an exceedingly intelligent conversationalist.
"Priestess of the Flame" by Sewell Peaslee Wright
One does not think of time in the presence of a charming conversationalist.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
The very fat man is seldom a brilliant conversationalist.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
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In news:

Capote was a good conversationalist.
Apple's Siri is becoming a better conversationalist .
Capote was a good conversationalist .
A lost batallion of platonic conversationalists.
Something about a job interview puts most people on edge -- even people who are natural conversationalists.
He was such good company and a great conversationalist.
So here's a neat little collection of some great conversationalists.
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