Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An informal discussion or chat, especially of an intellectual nature.
  • n. A short conversational piece of writing or criticism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An informal conversation, or casual short written article, especially on a serious topic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Informal talk or discussion, as about literary matters; light conversation; chat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Chat; familiar conversation; informal talk; free and unconventional discussion and criticism, such as the Causeries du lundi (“Monday Chats”) of the French critic and essayist Sainte-Beuve (1804–69). See Sainte-Beuve in the Century Cyclopedia of Names.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. light informal conversation for social occasions

Etymologies

French, from causer, to talk, from Latin causārī, to plead, discuss, from causa, case, cause.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French causerie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was their custom to meet once a week, at the house of one or another, for a "causerie," as the avocat called it.

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  • "causerie" which meditates more broadly on the novelist's life, and on his relations with contemporary writers.

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  • A.J. P. Taylor's causerie on Irish history, "A Very Special Case" [NYR, J.ly 28], is an indication that Englishmen should not write on Irish subjects because of an.

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  • Early in the seventeenth century the/causerie/(chat) was highly esteemed in France.

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  • This work is a literary _causerie_ inspired in part by the reading of Alexandrian criticism, but in larger part by experience.

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  • As in time it did not die away, but began to get a little more heated (one voice appearing to be raised in entreaty and the other, Elizabeth's, in protest), I thought I had better saunter out and interrupt the causerie.

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  • It was, furthermore, extremely bright, everybody was out in the open, and although the amateurs had come prepared for a momentary brush with a bowel or two, they had no reason to expect a prolonged causerie upon even more intimate matters.

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  • "There was a spirit of literature in the air" says Mr. Benjamin Sulte writing of these times, "and this came not only by reading but by the more important practice of conversation and 'causerie de salon' which is so thoroughly French."

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  • With his tail slightly vibrant, he conducts a dignified causerie.

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  • I am sure that a _causerie_ by Sainte-Beuve often sends a reader, with

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