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or fortuneteller

[fawr-chuh n-tel-er] /ˈfɔr tʃənˌtɛl ər/
a person who claims the ability to predict the future.
Origin of fortune-teller
First recorded in 1580-90; fortune + teller Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • What frightened him most, however, was the fate of Askletarion the fortune-teller.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • There is a fortune-teller in Westminster who is making little less.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
  • If we want to see the encampment, we had better not have anything to do with the fortune-teller.

    Carry's Rose

    Mrs. George Cupples
  • I took her with me to Tuscany—stole her from an old vixen of a fortune-teller.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child
  • And he saw no reason why he should not become a fortune-teller himself.

    The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Tell me, Livy, has the fortune-teller given thee a pennyworth?'

    The Vicar of Wakefield Oliver Goldsmith
  • I've learned to drink gin and to make a living as a fortune-teller.

  • The fortune-teller did not smile; she simply told him to wait.

    Brazilian Tales Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
  • His countenance, too, might have perplexed a fortune-teller.

British Dictionary definitions for fortune-teller


a person who makes predictions about the future as by looking into a crystal ball, reading palms, etc
Derived Forms
fortune-telling, adjective, noun
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