tell·​er ˈte-lər How to pronounce teller (audio)
: one that relates or communicates
a teller of stories
: one that reckons or counts: such as
: a member of a bank's staff concerned with the direct handling of money received or paid out
: one appointed to count votes

Examples of teller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starting out as a part-time teller and ending up as a business-bank manager. Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2024 Singh gave one example of Multiverse helping to retrain more than 5000 bank tellers in the U.S. Singh describes Multiverse’s movement into upskilling as an addition to the group’s apprenticeship offering, rather than a pivot away from it. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 9 Apr. 2024 Clock covered the Good Times theme song and then Jill Whelan from The Love Boat brought out an additional clue for the time teller: a cruise ship. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 The boys allegedly made off with an undisclosed amount of cash after entering the bank around 3 p.m. Thursday and passing a threatening note to a teller, KTRK-TV reported, citing the sheriff’s office. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 20 Mar. 2024 Police said Bell threatened the guard’s life if the tellers didn’t open the security door. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Hundreds of branches at rival banks are being closed each year, and customers are shunning the teller and choosing the mobile app. David Benoit, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2024 The robber displayed a handgun while demanding cash from the bank teller, according to Colleyville police. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Mar. 2024 The man passed a note to a teller demanding cash, then ran away with the money around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, a Eureka Police Department news release said. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of teller was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Teller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


tell·​er ˈtel-ər How to pronounce teller (audio)
: one that tells
a teller of tales
: a person who counts votes (as in a legislative body)
: a bank employee who receives and pays out money

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Tel·​ler ˈte-lər How to pronounce Teller (audio)
Edward 1908–2003 American (Hungarian-born) physicist
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