tell·​er | \ ˈte-lər How to pronounce teller (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Teller (audio) \

Definition of Teller (Entry 2 of 2)

Edward 1908–2003 American (Hungarian-born) physicist

Examples of teller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The man walked up to the bank teller counter and displayed a note stating this was a robbery. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Police: Man at-large after robbery at Florence Huntington Bank," 15 Sep. 2020 But her innocence doesn't save her from being fired from her bank teller job. Leah Asmelash And Brandon Tensley, CNN, "When Blackness becomes cosplay," 12 Sep. 2020 The bank temporarily closed 1,000 of its branches, about 20%, shifting business to spaces with plexiglass teller barriers and drive throughs, the opposite of their recent expansion strategy. WSJ, "The Business Report Card: How 12 Key Companies Have Fared in 2020," 5 Sep. 2020 In yet another 2020 plot twist, coins aren’t making their way through the economy, with the repercussions rippling from the upper echelons of the federal government down to ice cream shops and bank teller windows. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "A penny pinch: How America fell into a great coin shortage," 1 Sep. 2020 Ordinarily a cheerful wisecracker and humorous story-teller, this morning, Bob approaches quietly, his shoulders slumped and his voice soft and measured. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "In a McDonald’s parking lot, scenes of camaraderie, laughter, hope cut through virus-imposed isolation," 27 Aug. 2020 Erin Brockovich — the activist icon whose life was captured by Julia Roberts' Oscar-winning performance — is known for being a gutsy truth-teller. Sam Gillette,, "Erin Brockovich Reveals How Her Dyslexia — and Doubters — Shaped Her Citizen Activism Career," 27 Aug. 2020 The frightened teller complied and the suspect walked away with an undisclosed amount of money. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "“Justice League Dropout” robber targets Stafford Wal-Mart bank," 27 Aug. 2020 The suspect also passed a note to a teller and escaped on foot. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "FBI says 2 Cleveland bank robberies might be by same suspect," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of teller


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Sep 2020

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“Teller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce teller (audio) \

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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