a person whose profession is inspecting and auditing personal or commercial accounts.

Origin of accountant

1425–75; account + -ant; replacing late Middle English accomptant < Middle French, Old French acuntant, present participle of acunter to account
Related formsac·count·ant·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Here you have room for an accountant or two and your secretary.

  • I "run down" the accountant because he was either ignorant or corrupt.

  • He knows, however, that you are the accountant who has that part of the business in charge.'

  • Perhaps your friend Wentworth, being an accountant, may know more about it.'

  • So she hastened her steps, still followed, however, by the accountant.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for accountant



a person concerned with the maintenance and audit of business accounts and the preparation of consultant reports in tax and finance
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Word Origin and History for accountant

mid-15c., "accounting officer, one who renders accounts," from Old French acuntant (Modern French accomptant), from present participle of accompter (see account). Sense of "professional maker of accounts" is recorded from 1530s. The word also was an adjective in Middle English, "accountable; liable to render accounts" (early 15c.).

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