Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A man who is a skilled and usually professional storyteller, poet, or other spoken-word performer.
  • noun A male singer whose performance of song lyrics is especially expressive.

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French, from dire, dis-, to say, from Latin dīcere; see diction.]

Examples

  • He has the most confused mind, alembicated, what our ancestors called a diseur de phébus, and he makes the things that he says even more unpleasant by the manner in which he says them.

    Within a Budding Grove

  • Clarke's film followed, and is comparable in that Jason is a very grand diseur like

    10/25: Portrait of Jason; Brakhage shorts

  • Who is there to replace that perilously piquant _diseur_ Harry Fragson?

    Nights in London

  • But at the date of the "Cross Readings" he was mainly what Burke, speaking contemptuously of his status as a plenipotentiary, styled a "_diseur de bons mots_"; and he was for this reason included among those "most distinguished Wits of the Metropolis," who, following Garrick's lead in 1774, diverted themselves at the St. James's Coffee-house by composing the epitaphs on Goldsmith which gave rise to the incomparable gallery entitled _Retaliation_.

    De Libris: Prose and Verse

  • I am no _talker (diseur), _ but I beg you to believe that, if it were not for this business in which perhaps I may be required, I would go into retirement as you have gone, and I give you my word that, if I come back,

    A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times, Volume 5

  • National Liar, Premier Minister of the Province, and First Juggler of its finances: -- a profligate in public in the name of the Church -- in secret in the name of Free-Thought -- _beau diseur_ -- demagogue of the rabble and chieftain of the Cave. "

    The Young Seigneur Or, Nation-Making

  • ‘Even this,’ he continued, raising his voice and adopting the throaty murmur of the fashionable diseur, ‘even this would not be in itself of interest.

    Sweet Danger

  • ‘Even this,’ he continued, raising his voice and adopting the throaty murmur of the fashionable diseur, ‘even this would not be in itself of interest.

    Sweet Danger

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