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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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Examples from the Web for fortuneteller
Historical Examples
  • They were a sort of cross between the bard and the fortuneteller.

    Bible Studies Joseph M. Wheeler
  • She was a fortuneteller and she wanted to tell me my fortune.

    Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives Work Projects Administration
  • Nevertheless, however blind and lying is the fortuneteller's art, it may yet hit home once in a thousand times.

  • A fortuneteller with cards gives one the same shock of surprise.

    The Path of a Star Mrs. Everard Cotes (AKA Sara Jeannette Duncan)
British Dictionary definitions for fortuneteller


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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Word Origin and History for fortuneteller

also fortune-teller, 1580s, from fortune + teller. Verbal phrase tellen fortune is from early 15c.

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