comptroller was our Word of the Day on 02/06/2010. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Recent Examples of comptroller from the Web
Meaning all 10 members of Congress, the attorney general, the comptroller, the lieutenant governor, and the governor are all men.
Governments typically are no more keen on indebtedness than the average household: In 2016, Texas’s state comptroller praised prudent fiscal management for eliminating his state’s need to borrow for a second straight year.
The parking fees typically generated more than $6 million every year, according to the comptroller’s office.
At just over $7 million, the housing tax credits still make up the largest part of the project's budget, according to a city comptroller's office report.
Governor Bruce Rauner was not in the building at the time, and Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza as well as state legislators were barred from entering during the incident.
The public assistance investigation started three years ago and involves the FBI, the Social Security Administration, the New Jersey Treasury Department, the state comptroller's Medicaid Fraud Division and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
State law requires the secretary of state — along with the comptroller, state treasurer, the clerk of the Court of Appeals the attorney general — to sit on the Board of State Canvassers, which formally certifies election results.
President Trump has nominated Joseph Otting, the former chief executive of OneWest, to be comptroller of the currency, a key bank regulator who is part of the Treasury Department.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'comptroller.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
If you think "comptroller" looks like a mistaken spelling of "controller," you're partially right. Today, "comptroller" is an established word that shares one of its meanings (sense 3) with "controller." The term did originate as a misspelling, however. Around the 15th century, Middle English speakers altered the spelling of "conterroller" (meaning "controller," from the Middle French contrerolleur) under the influence of the Middle French word compte ("account"). The resulting word, "comptroller," has attracted criticism over the years. Grammarian Henry Fowler condemned "comptroller" as "not merely archaic, but erroneous" in 1920, and a lexicographical column from 1931 agreed that "comptroller" is "erroneous and should not be accepted as correct." Nevertheless, such modern institutions as colleges and governments continue to have comptrollers. "Comptrollership" occasionally turns up as well.
Origin and Etymology of comptroller
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
COMPTROLLER Defined for English Language Learners
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up comptroller? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).