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

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But there was a problem: The suspect had at least a half-dozen facial tattoos, but according to surveillance video and bank tellers, the robber had none. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs,, "Police Photoshopped his mug shot for a lineup. He’s not the only one.," 24 Aug. 2019 For the first time in more than a decade, the ceremony's longtime presenter (and resident joke-teller) will not join her on stage. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Here's Everything to Know About the 53rd Country Music Association Awards," 19 Aug. 2019 The moment defined West as either rude and obnoxious (to his detractors) or an unvarnished truth-teller (to his fans). Paul Grein, Billboard, "10 Years After Kanye/Taylor Drama, All the Times an Artist Lost at the VMAs & Won Video of the Year Later That Night," 19 Aug. 2019 The working-class future may be further clouded by the loss of what were once respectable, upwardly mobile jobs — postal workers, switchboard operators, manufacturing laborers, computer operators, bank tellers, and travel agents. Joel Kotkin, National Review, "The Return to Serfdom," 25 July 2019 His father, Ernesto Colón, was a police detective in Puerto Rico; his mother, Isabel Sierra, was a textile worker and a bank teller. George Gene Gustines,, "Ernie Colón, 88, comic book artist who drew 9/11," 17 Aug. 2019 Being able to find the fun and tell a story lends itself to being a better joke teller. Camila Vallejo,, "Who is Laura Manasewich? A Hartford comedian living the dream of doing both stand-up and improv," 15 Aug. 2019 In-person teller transactions have dropped about 10% annually for the past few years, said Foley. Roland Li,, "‘Wall Street West’ no more? Banks shrink as tech grows in San Francisco," 4 Aug. 2019 One teller experienced anxiety and post traumatic stress after the robbery, and had to take five months of medical leave before changing jobs, Horsley said., "Man who robbed 9 banks in three months sentenced to seven years in federal prison," 2 Aug. 2019

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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 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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