cal·​ler | \ˈkä-lər \

Definition of caller 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 Scottish : fresh

2 Scottish : cool


call·​er | \ˈkȯ-lər \

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

The caller was then allegedly pistol-whipped – with the gun going off as a result -- after calling Washburn an expletive, the man told the Indianapolis Star. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Indiana man reportedly pistol whips friend of 50 years in dispute over Bruno Mars song," 24 Sep. 2018 Iraqi officials alerted the U.S. ambassador in Iraq, who contacted the FBI, concerned the caller and letter writer was interfering with U.S. political initiatives in Iraq, according to Gabriel. Maxine Bernstein,, "Iraqi man who illegally used U.S. government insignia gets probation," 10 Apr. 2018 There are, of course, legal limits on how callers can operate. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Why robocalls have taken over your phone," 7 Nov. 2018 The call came from a cellphone inside the home, but the caller didn't communicate with the dispatcher, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said during a Tuesday news conference. Fox News, "Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin teenager in danger, not a runaway," 16 Oct. 2018 Appearing on Watch What Happens Live, Chrissy was asked by a caller how freaky the couple got the night of John’s impressive win. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Celebrated His EGOT Win in The Least Wild Way Possible," 25 Sep. 2018 Her statement did not address how directing calls to Donnelly’s phone number in the text message got around a ban on inaccurate or misleading caller identification information. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "How unsolicited text messages were sent to Hoosiers to put pressure on Sen. Joe Donnelly," 13 July 2018 Those callers needing police are transferred to Broward County's 911 center. NBC News, "Parkland shooting investigation finds radio issues delayed police response," 12 July 2018 Being able to transmit a phone's location without any effort from a panicky, flustered caller could prove vital, especially if someone is ringing while away from home in an unfamiliar area. David Nield, WIRED, "All the Ways iOS 12 Will Make Your iPhone More Secure," 8 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of caller

: a person who makes a telephone call

: a person who comes to visit someone


call·​er | \ˈkȯ-lər \

Kids Definition of caller

: someone who calls

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