tell·​er | \ ˈte-lər \

Definition of teller

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that relates or communicates a teller of stories
2 : one that reckons or counts: such as
a : a member of a bank's staff concerned with the direct handling of money received or paid out
b : one appointed to count votes


biographical name
Tel·​ler | \ ˈte-lər \

Definition of Teller (Entry 2 of 2)

Edward 1908–2003 American (Hungarian-born) physicist

Examples of teller in a Sentence

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When truths are told for a higher good, one hopes the teller will be rewarded with seeing some justice. Sarah Stankorb, Glamour, "Are Hashtags Like #MeToo and #BelieveWomen Hurting or Helping Survivors?," 15 Oct. 2018 Christine has lived in Belchertown since 1954 and was the head teller for UMass Bursar's Office for 27 years., "Christine McGinnis," 11 July 2018 The suspect handed the teller a note demanding money, and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Kari Barnett,, "Boynton Beach, Lantana area crime log: June 18-July 2," 6 July 2018 The suspect entered the Chase Bank in Lilburn on May 26 and handed the teller a note demanding money, police said in a news release. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Gwinnett police searching for unidentified armed bank robber," 7 June 2018 In that environment in which people’s trust in the truth tellers — the scientists, the journalists, the teachers — is so eroded that misinformation becomes disinformation, that’s post-truth. Alex Kingsbury,, "‘Post-truth,’ the ultimate form of cynicism," 18 May 2018 The man walked into the Bank of America, 2000 E. Osceola Parkway near Kissimmee just after 5 p.m. and handed the teller a note demanding money, according to deputies. David Harris,, "Authorities looking for man in Osceola County bank robberies," 12 May 2018 Bud is a story teller, so there is no Bud-Doug debate. Mary Kay Cabot,, "How will Tyrod Taylor respond to Baker Mayfield's challenge? Hey, Mary Kay! (video)," 11 May 2018 Walk-up customers are served out of the former drive-thru bank teller's window located on the south side of Bebidas. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New snowball stand launched by Bebidas in River Oaks," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of teller


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of teller

: a person who tells something (such as a story) to someone else
: a person who works in a bank and whose job is to receive money from customers and pay out money to customers
: a person whose job is to count votes


tell·​er | \ ˈte-lər \

Kids Definition of teller

1 : a person who tells stories
2 : a bank employee who receives and pays out money
3 : a person who counts votes

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