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 big drop-off in office and administrative support jobs likely reflects technology's displacement of workers such as secretaries, administrative assistants, bank tellers and typists, Stein said. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's job market has shifted since Great Recession," 2 Dec. 2019 Expectations have weighed heavily on this team all year, but in virtually every truth-teller moment, Dallas has fallen short. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "From Dallas Cowboys to Seattle Seahawks, plenty of opportunities were lost around the NFL in Week 16," 23 Dec. 2019 The man handed the teller a note and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, the FBI said. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Man robs Bedford PNC Bank, FBI says," 19 Oct. 2019 Two men entered the TCF Bank at 1 W. Devon Ave. around 2:40 p.m., Sept. 18, according to a Park Ridge Police Department press release, and handed the teller a note that demanded money and implied the pair was armed. Jennifer Johnson,, "Men in surgical masks rob Park Ridge bank, may be connected to other robberies: Police," 18 Sep. 2019 Late Monday morning, Michael Harrell walked into a U.S Bank in Cleveland and handed a teller a note demanding money, the FBI said in a statement. Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Carma Hassan, CNN, "Man allegedly used note to rob bank. Handily (for police) it had his name on it," 1 Aug. 2019 In at least three of those robberies, the suspect handed a teller a note demanding money. CBS News, "Alleged "Pink Lady Bandit" and accomplice arrested in Charlotte after robbing 4 banks," 29 July 2019 The suspect allegedly walked into a Raley's Supermarket at 7847 Lichen Dr. around 3:45 p.m. on May 22 and handed the teller at the Wells Fargo bank a note demanding money. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Security cameras showed this man robbing a bank. Now police want help finding him," 29 May 2018 The man, who wasn't armed, entered the bank in the 3700 block of W. Villard Ave. and handed a teller a note demanding money, then fled with the cash, according to Sgt. D. Kwas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Villard Ave. bank robber sought by Milwaukee police," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of teller


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Teller.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 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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