accountant

noun
ac·​coun·​tant | \ ə-ˈkau̇n-tᵊnt How to pronounce accountant (audio) \

Definition of accountant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that gives an account or is accountable
2 : one who is skilled in the practice of accounting or who is in charge of public or private accounts

accountant

adjective

Definition of accountant (Entry 2 of 2)

obsolete
: accountable, answerable I stand accountant for as great a sin— William Shakespeare

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Other Words from accountant

Noun

accountantship \ ə-​ˈkau̇n-​tᵊn(t)-​ˌship How to pronounce accountant (audio) \ noun

Examples of accountant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In March, the 40-year-old was laid off from her six-figure accountant job at a top Fortune company in Morgantown, West Virginia. USA Today, "Surgery for a child, car loan, electric bills: We asked Americans how they’d spend $1,400 stimulus checks, and this is what they told us," 25 Feb. 2021 Frank Aikmus, vice president of Suntrust Bank; Bradford Briner, director of Real Assets Willett Advisors; attorney Eugene Chianelli Jr.; and accountant Donald Pomeroy II account for the public's membership. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Debt advisory committee calls for $100M in support of North Carolina pensions," 25 Feb. 2021 Additionally, the board authorized the hiring of a village payroll accountant and approved an ordinance to lease office space at Village Hall to U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, whose 6th Congressional District includes Barrington. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, "Measures trustees approved for Barrington businesses point to ‘positive reinvestments’ in the village, officials say," 25 Feb. 2021 For Colleen Kavanagh, an entrepreneur, and her accountant husband, Matt Guida, the town of Falmouth, Maine, is the perfect mix of city and country. Hannah Selinger, WSJ, "Country Converts All Want a Piece of This Tiny Town on Maine’s Rocky Coast," 18 Feb. 2021 The lighthearted film introduces us to four campers, ranging from a high-level accountant from New Jersey to a Pennsylvania teen with autism. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "'They get a spark out of the music': New documentary goes inside the legendary 'Rock Camp'," 16 Feb. 2021 His father despised Soviet rule, and his mother, an accountant, became an early devotee of the liberal Yabloko party in the 1990s despite its perpetually dismal electoral results. Anton Troianovski, BostonGlobe.com, "A life in opposition: Navalny’s path from gadfly to heroic symbol," 13 Feb. 2021 His father despised Soviet rule, and his mother, an accountant, became an early devotee of the liberal Yabloko party in the 1990s despite its perpetually dismal electoral results. New York Times, "A Life in Opposition: Navalny’s Path From Gadfly to Heroic Symbol," 13 Feb. 2021 Rauch, who began his banking career in 2018, previously served as senior accountant/treasurer with American Bank and Trust in Covington and was an audit supervisor with Hannis T. Bourgeois, specializing in financial institutions. NOLA.com, "New Orleans, Baton Rouge area People in Business for Feb. 7, 2021," 7 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of accountant

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accountant

Noun

Middle English accomptaunt, accountant "official in charge of accounts," borrowed from Anglo-French acomptant, noun derivative of accountaunt, present participle of acunter, acompter "to account entry 2"

Adjective

Middle English accomptaunt, borrowed from Anglo-French accountaunt, from present participle of acunter, acompter "to account entry 2"

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Time Traveler for accountant

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The first known use of accountant was in the 15th century

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2 Mar 2021

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“Accountant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accountant. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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accountant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of accountant

: someone whose job is to keep the financial records of a business or person

accountant

noun
ac·​coun·​tant | \ ə-ˈkau̇n-tᵊnt How to pronounce accountant (audio) \

Kids Definition of accountant

: someone whose job is keeping the financial records of a person or a business

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