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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber left the bank, the release said. Anna Buchmann, sacbee, "A man in a straw hat robbed an Elk Grove bank, police say – can you help identify him?," 28 June 2018 The teller activated the bank’s robbery protocols and the man did not get away with money. David Harris,, "Authorities looking for man in Osceola County bank robberies," 12 May 2018 Both Taylor and the bank teller are Aftrican-American. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lena Taylor calls her removal from key legislative committee a 'political lynching'," 9 May 2018 The teller handed Lewis $1,044 who ran away, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Adam Ferrise,, "Maple Heights man gets out of prison for bank robbery, robs same bank the next day, feds say," 2 May 2018 Officers responded to the bank at 10:59 a.m. after an unidentified male handed a teller a note demanding money, according to Meridian Police Department press release. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "Police need your help identifying this man who they say robbed Meridian bank," 11 June 2018 The robbery at the branch located in the 2700 block of Vivion Road was reported about 10:45 a.m. Authorities said a man entered the bank and demanded money from the teller. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Federal authorities looking for man who robbed Kansas City, North, bank | The Kansas City Star," 16 Apr. 2018 Unable to access the safe, the teller gave him $8,702 from her drawer, and Wells left the bank with the money., "Thought The Staircase Was Crazy? Evil Genius Is Your Next True Crime Binge," 20 June 2018 No weapon was displayed during the robbery at 10 a.m. at the bank in Jewel-Osco, 1202 State Street, but the male handed a note to the teller, Sgt. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "TCF Bank robbed in Lemont, police say," 14 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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