auditor

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noun au·di·tor \ˈȯ-də-tər\

Definition of auditor

  1. 1 :  a person authorized to examine and verify accounts

  2. 2 :  one who hears or listens; especially :  one who is a member of an audience

  3. 3 :  a person who audits a course of study

  4. 4 :  a person who hears (as a court case) in the capacity of judge

Did You Know?

The auditing of a company's financial records by independent examiners on a regular basis is necessary to prevent "cooking the books", and thus to keep the company honest. We don't normally think of auditors as listening, since looking at and adding up numbers is their basic line of work, but auditors do have to listen to people's explanations, and perhaps that's the historical link. Hearing is more obviously part of another meaning of audit, the kind that college students do when they sit in on a class without taking exams or receiving an official grade.

14th Century

First Known Use of auditor

14th century


AUDITOR Defined for English Language Learners

auditor

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noun au·di·tor \ˈȯ-də-tər\

Definition of auditor for English Language Learners

  • : a person who checks the financial records of a company or person to make sure they are accurate : a person who audits accounts


AUDITOR Defined for Kids

auditor

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noun au·di·tor \ˈȯ-də-tər\

Definition of auditor for Students

  1. :  a person who checks the accuracy of business accounts


Law Dictionary

auditor

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noun au·di·tor \ˈȯ-də-tər\

Legal Definition of auditor

  1. 1 :  a person qualified and authorized to examine and verify financial records

  2. 2 :  a referee appointed by a court in a civil action; especially :  one designated to prepare an account for the court — see also master


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