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 Functions handled at a traditional bank by a loan officer or teller are automated. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 3 June 2021 So that’s exactly what Marchionne did, bringing Olivier Francois over from Citroen and charging him with making Fiat Chrysler a nonpareil stable of brands and teller of stories. Dale Buss, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The median wage for a U.S. bank teller was $11.82 per hour based on 2011 data, according to that report. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2021 But only a handful of the old teller windows, which run for city blocks under the grandstand, are open on an ordinary racing day. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 15 May 2021 His father was a road surveyor and his mother a homemaker and later a bank teller. New York Times, 5 May 2021 During the robbery, a teller had slipped a red dye pack into the bag of money, and later on that night, an officer noticed a man walking into a wooded area, Hewitt said. Glenn Ruppel, ABC News, 8 Apr. 2021 The teller complied and gave him an undisclosed amount of cash. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 13 May 2021 But the truth teller in Faulkner compelled him to peer, fleetingly, into the forbidden chamber of Southern shame, over and over, describing other monstrosities. Benjamin Nugent, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of teller


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Teller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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