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[kaw-ler] /ˈkɔ lər/
a person or thing that calls.
a person who makes a short visit.
Dance. a person who directs the movements of dancers, as at a hoedown or square dance, by calling out the successive figures as the music plays.
Origin of caller1
1400-50; late Middle English. See call, -er1


[kal-er, kah-ler] /ˈkæl ər, ˈkɑ lər/
adjective, Scot. and North England.
(of fruit, fish, vegetables, etc.) fresh; recently picked or caught.
1325-75; Middle English, north. variant of calver fresh, alive (said of fish) < ? Unabridged
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  • Did their yawning cease when the bell rang and a caller was admitted?

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • It is no wonder, perhaps, that this lady was unaware of her caller's real nature.

    The Tale of Grumpy Weasel Arthur Scott Bailey
  • A purple curtain was drawn across the lobby, screening the caller newly arrived from the one so hurriedly departing.

    Tales of Chinatown Sax Rohmer
  • While Hester was eating, the caller made no attempt to converse.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • When the investigator and his caller were alone, the former offered the other some cigarettes.

    Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist John T. McIntyre
British Dictionary definitions for caller


a person or thing that calls, esp a person who makes a brief visit
(Austral) a racing commentator


/ˈkælə Scottish ˈkælər; ˈkɒlər/
adjective (Scot)
(of food, esp fish) fresh
cool: a caller breeze
Word Origin
C14: perhaps a Scottish variant of calver to prepare fresh salmon or trout in a certain way; perhaps from Old English calwer curds, from a fancied resemblance with the flaked flesh of the fish
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Word Origin and History for caller

c.1500, "one who proclaims," agent noun from call (v.). Meaning "one who announces step changes at a dance" is recorded from 1882; "one who places a telephone call," 1898. Meaning "a social visitor" is attested from 1786.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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