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



Definition of accountant (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from accountant


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

Examples of accountant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Inside, two full-time employees and one part-time accountant work to produce 120 washboards a day. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "Only One Factory in North America Still Makes Washboards, and They Are Flying Off of Shelves," 11 Nov. 2020 Failing to obey the laws of physics here will lead to an apoplectically angry safety officer and a bespectacled accountant trying to bill you for a large amount of helium and, possibly, a new building. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Smaller, more efficient tokamak could follow in ITER’s fusion footsteps," 27 Oct. 2020 Others, like accountant Alejandro Barrera, 34, have a let's-wait-and-see attitude. Rafael Romo, CNN, "Arrest of former defense minister shatters trust in Mexico's armed forces," 18 Oct. 2020 The unwarranted killing in 2017 of Bijan Ghaisar, an unarmed young accountant shot to death by two U.S. Park Police officers after a fender bender, was just such an extraordinary circumstance. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: A glimmer of justice in a killing by police," 17 Oct. 2020 Thomas Hebrank, a fiduciary accountant who has served on the city’s Audit Committee, pension board and Ethics Commission. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "9-member panel appointed to redraw San Diego’s council district boundaries," 25 Sep. 2020 For the second time, Mr. Trump has taken his legal brawl with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance over a subpoena to his longtime accountant for years of his business records, including his tax returns, to the Supreme Court. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Barrett joins Supreme Court with politically charged legal fights looming," 27 Oct. 2020 The couple should speak with their accountant to check on any possible tax breaks, says Karen Altfest, a financial planner in New York. Veronica Dagher, WSJ, "Thinking of Quitting Your Job? Here’s What Working Mothers Should Know," 10 Oct. 2020 Glenn Sandler, an accountant in Melbourne, Fla., has around 200 clients with Paycheck Protection Program loans, averaging around $40,000. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, "Small-Business Loans Will Be Forgiven, but Don’t Ask How," 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of accountant


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accountant


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"


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

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“Accountant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of accountant

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


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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