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.

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The unidentified caller can be heard insisting to a police sergeant that possession of 4 grams of marijuana for recreational use is legal in Ohio. Cliff Pinckard,, "Man calls Ohio police department, demands officers return ‘stolen’ marijuana," 5 Sep. 2019 Investigators are comparing information from the callers with the list of passengers on the boat. Los Angeles Times, "Boat fire victims include a family with three daughters, a marine biologist and a dive instructor," 4 Sep. 2019 Dorian also is expected to cause a storm surge of up to 23 feet (7 meters) as ZNS radio station shared reports from callers saying some people were stuck on roofs and other areas. Washington Post, "The Latest: Dorian, stationary, continues assault of Bahamas," 3 Sep. 2019 However, when the reimbursement funds had yet to appear in accounts and a third call came from Austria, with the caller again alleging to be the parent company’s chief executive requesting another urgent transfer, the CEO became suspicious. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A new kind of cybercrime uses AI and your voice against you," 31 Aug. 2019 Glendale officers responded to a residence near 55th and Orangewood avenues just before 8 p.m., Thursday after a caller heard a neighbor scream for help, police said. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Glendale man arrested in roommate's stabbing death, police said," 30 Aug. 2019 One number sent callers to a mailbox that’s already full, while another line appeared to be off the hook. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Popeyes’ viral chicken sandwich is gone (for now), but some Colorado locations still have a few," 27 Aug. 2019 The technology authenticates callers with digital certificates to prevent spoofing of Caller ID numbers. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Cable industry fights plan to require robocall-detection technology," 27 Aug. 2019 Additionally, companies are still figuring out how to smoothly transition callers from digital assistants to human operators. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Hello, This Is Artificial Intelligence. How Can I Help You? Eye on A.I.," 27 Aug. 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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