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

Other Words from accountant


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

Examples of accountant in a Sentence

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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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13 May 2022

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“Accountant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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