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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The man entered the bank on Division Street around 3:40 p.m. and demanded money from the teller, police said. Don Stacom,, "Man Splashed With Dye After Robbing Ansonia Bank," 4 Apr. 2018 With more than 200,000 employees ranging from investment bankers to tellers, pay at Bank of America varies widely. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "Bank of America Proxy Shows CEO Made 250 Times More Than Median Employee," 12 Mar. 2018 The note said the man was robbing the store and commanded the teller to give him all of his money and no die packs, the sheriff's office said in a social media post. Avery Jennings,, "Officials searching for NKY bank robber, getaway driver," 24 June 2018 The teller gave him an unknown amount of cash, and the robber grabbed the demand note back and fled. Kristina Davis,, "Bank robber hides face during Mira Mesa heist," 9 June 2018 Nielsen has established herself as a Hollywood truth-teller and a crusader for justice., "Has Hollywood Changed Since Gladiator? Connie Nielsen Doesn't Think So," 8 June 2018 Klarkowski said the teen entered the bank and approached the teller with a note demanding money. Adrian Marsh, azcentral, "Teenage boy sought after failed bank robbery at Sun West Credit Union in Surprise," 12 Apr. 2018 The man walked into the bank, approached a teller and demanded money, Anderson said. Kaylee Remington,, "FBI, Maple Heights police searching for man who robbed bank," 10 Mar. 2018 Here is some of the best of Gregg Popovich, the great truth-teller of American professional sports. Esquire Editors, Esquire, "This Video Proves Gregg Popovich Is One of the Smartest Coaches in Any Sport," 26 Feb. 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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