Etymology
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griot (n.)

northwest African poet/performer, 1820, from French griot (17c.), which is of unknown origin. Watkins suggests it is from the same source as Creole.

updated on October 09, 2017

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Definitions of griot from WordNet

griot (n.)
a storyteller in West Africa; perpetuates the oral traditions of a family or village;
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