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Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, 19th century


An informal article or talk, typically on a literary subject.

Examples of Causerie in a sentence

"As we walked, Tom improvised a causerie about the novels of James Baldwin."

"Our dinner discussion turned into a causerie about the “Anne of Green Gables” novels."

About Causerie

“Causerie” is based on the French expression “causer,” meaning to talk, which itself is based on the Latin “causārī,” meaning to debate or dispute.

Did you Know?

The difference between a causerie and a lecture is informality. In the original French, the term “causerie” refers to “a chat” or “a chin-wag,” but rather than simply talking about anything, “causerie” marries an informal type of conversation with a subject of some depth, such as literature. Educational discussions of literature can be very formal. By contrast, a “causerie” offers those who love literature the lively opportunity to have informal chats that nonetheless approach the subject in detail. Consider calling your next book club chat a "causerie."

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