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comptroller

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noun comp·trol·ler \kən-ˈtrō-lər, ˈkäm(p)-ˌ, käm(p)-ˈ\

Simple Definition of comptroller

  • : a person who is in charge of the financial accounts of a company or organization

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of comptroller

  1. 1 :  a royal-household official who examines and supervises expenditures

  2. 2 :  a public official who audits government accounts and sometimes certifies expenditures

  3. 3 :  controller 1c

comptrollership play \-ˌship\ noun

Did You Know?

If you think "comptroller" looks like a mistaken spelling of "controller," you're partially right. Today, "comptroller" is an established word that shares one of its meanings (sense 3) with "controller." The term did originate as a misspelling, however. Around the 15th century, Middle English speakers altered the spelling of "conterroller" (meaning "controller," from the Middle French contrerolleur) under the influence of the Middle French word compte ("account"). The resulting word, "comptroller," has attracted criticism over the years. Grammarian Henry Fowler condemned "comptroller" as "not merely archaic, but erroneous" in 1920, and a lexicographical column from 1931 agreed that "comptroller" is "erroneous and should not be accepted as correct." Nevertheless, such modern institutions as colleges and governments continue to have comptrollers. "Comptrollership" occasionally turns up as well.

Origin of comptroller

Middle English, alteration of countreroller controller


First Known Use: 15th century


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comptroller

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noun comp·trol·ler \kən-ˈtrō-lər, ˈkämp-ˌtrō-\

Legal Definition of comptroller

  1. :  the head accounting officer of a company or government




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