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certified public accountant

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  1. an accountant certified by a state examining board as having fulfilled the requirements of state law to be a public accountant. Abbreviation: C.P.A.

Origin of certified public accountant

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15
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certified public accountant

  1. (in the US) a public accountant certified to have met state legal requirementsCompare certified accountant
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