A storyteller in western Africa who perpetuates the oral tradition and history of a village or family.
A traditional, W African musician or storyteller who recounts the oral history of a village, family, etc.
Origin of griot
- 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 create
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition