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 (grē-ō′, grē′ō, grē′ŏt)
A storyteller in western Africa who perpetuates the oral tradition and history of a village or family.

[French, alteration of guiriot, perhaps ultimately from Portuguese criado, domestic servant, from Latin creātus, one brought up or trained, from past participle of creāre, to produce, bring up; see create.]
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(ˈɡriːəʊ; ɡriːˈɒt)
(Anthropology & Ethnology) (in Western Africa) a member of a caste responsible for maintaining an oral record of tribal history in the form of music, poetry, and storytelling
[C20: from French guirot, perhaps from Portuguese criado domestic servant]
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(griˈoʊ, ˈgri oʊ, ˈgri ɒt)

a member of a hereditary caste among the peoples of W Africa whose main function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village.
[1955–60; < French, earlier guiriot, perhaps ultimately < Portuguese criado domestic servant]
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Noun1.griot - a storyteller in West Africa; perpetuates the oral traditions of a family or village
narrator, storyteller, teller - someone who tells a story
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