cal·​ler | \ ˈkä-lər How to pronounce caller (audio) \

Definition of caller

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 Scottish : fresh
2 Scottish : cool


call·​er | \ ˈkȯ-lər How to pronounce caller (audio) \

Definition of caller (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that calls

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Synonyms for caller

Synonyms: Noun

drop-in, frequenter, guest, visitant, visitor

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Examples of caller in a Sentence


The police have received information from an anonymous caller. She's had several callers at her house in the past few days.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cold callers duly made similar pitches over the phone. David Roth, The New Republic, "Making sense of Donald Trump's petulant reign," 12 June 2019 Before each dance, there is a lesson taught by the caller, ensuring that everyone can keep up. Nicole Blackwood,, "Chicago's Queer Contra practices an old dance (think Jane Austen, think 'Oklahoma!'), made new," 12 June 2019 Until the rise of smartphones and social networks, caller tunes were a big money-spinner for Indian mobile operators, contributing 82bn rupees in revenue in the three years to March 2012. The Economist, "How the world’s poor are discovering leisure online," 8 June 2019 The callers typically masquerade as Chinese authorities and pressure or persuade the victims to transfer money to the scammers’ accounts. Washington Post, "Spain extradites 94 Taiwanese to China on phone scam charges," 8 June 2019 Freeman told reporters that the caller actually lived in one of the homes nearby and had recently come home from a vacation. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Newborn Found Alive in Plastic Bag in Georgia Woods as Police Try to Identify Her," 7 June 2019 Response to the news given telephone callers that the invasion of the Continent was in progress ranged to different levels of excitement. Dallas News, "D-Day as Dallas lived it," 6 June 2019 Anonymous callers can call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 408-947-7867. Lauren Hernández,, "San Mateo police officer caught trying to set up sexual encounter with a 16-year-old, police say," 6 June 2019 Family Contra dancing will be held in Templars Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. with caller Chris Page and music by More the Merrier. Dennis Anderson, Pomerado News, "Sam Hinton Folk Festival is June 15," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of caller


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caller


Middle English (Scots) callour

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The first known use of caller was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of caller

: a person who makes a telephone call
: a person who comes to visit someone


call·​er | \ ˈkȯ-lər How to pronounce caller (audio) \

Kids Definition of caller

: someone who calls

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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