conversationist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n conversationist someone skilled at conversation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Conversationist One who converses much, or who excels in conversation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conversationist A talker; a converser; a conversationalist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Conversationist one who excels in conversation
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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:

She was, now, a beautiful conversationist!
"Tillie: A Mennonite Maid" by Helen Reimensnyder Martin
She considered herself a superior conversationist.
"The Gilded Age, Part 4." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and Charles Dudley Warner
Pun-making was a fashion among the conversationists of that day, and took the place of better wit.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace & Philip Wharton
Finally, Lu bethought herself of that last plank of drowning conversationists, the photograph album.
"Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature" by Various
Tibby, who was no conversationist, gave her every opportunity for meditation.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
And good conversationists are more rare than respectable talkers.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 1 January 1848" by Various
As a conversationist, our visitor was fluent to a fault.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
You ought to be a good conversationist, and a forcible and spicy writer.
"Ruth Hall" by Fanny Fern
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