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certified public accountant

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
1910-15, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Something about his lanky, intense appearance suggested his occupation: certified public accountant.

    Old Rambling House Frank Patrick Herbert
  • I started off soon after nine o'clock and made my first call on Jerry Mills, who was a certified public accountant.

British Dictionary definitions for certified public accountant

certified public accountant

(in the US) a public accountant certified to have met state legal requirements Compare certified accountant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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