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  1. a person employed by a bank, especially as an executive or other official.
  2. Games. the keeper or holder of the bank.

Origin of banker1

1525–35; < Middle French banquier; see bank2, -er2


  1. a vessel employed in cod fishery on the banks off Newfoundland.
  2. a fisherman on such a vessel.
  3. Australian. a river near flood level, the water being almost bank high.

Origin of banker2

First recorded in 1660–70; bank1 + -er1


  1. a bench or table used by masons for dressing stones or bricks.

Origin of banker3

First recorded in 1670–80; bank3 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for banker

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  • You know I am your banker, and it is only natural for you to call upon me.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • A man who entrusts his heart to a woman has a jade for his banker.


    William J. Locke

  • A polite lie had been written to her husband, a banker of power in the city.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The Banker's past life was not compatible with generous dealing.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Linda sat very quietly a minute and then she looked at the banker.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

British Dictionary definitions for banker


  1. a person who owns or is an executive in a bank
  2. an official or player in charge of the bank in any of various games, esp gambling games
  3. a result that has been forecast identically in a series of entries on a football pool coupon
  4. a person or thing that appears certain to win or be successful


  1. a fishing vessel of Newfoundland
  2. a fisherman in such a vessel
  3. Australian and NZ informal a stream almost overflowing its banks (esp in the phrase run a banker)
  4. Also called: bank engine British a locomotive that is used to help a heavy train up a steep gradient


  1. a craftsman's workbench
  2. a timber board used as a base for mixing building materials
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Word Origin and History for banker


"keeper of a bank," 1530s, agent noun formed from bank (n.1), possibly modeled on French banquier (16c.).

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