[ uh-koun-tnt ]
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  1. a person whose profession is inspecting and auditing personal or commercial accounts and providing financial advice to the account holders.

Origin of accountant

First recorded in 1425–75; account + -ant; replacing late Middle English accomptant, from Middle French, Old French acuntant, present participle of acunter “to account

Other words from accountant

  • ac·count·ant·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use accountant in a sentence

  • We aspire to be stockbrokers, merchants, accountants, bankers—while housekeeping finance has become a stock joke.

  • Reliable and expert accountants were always sent by them to examine thoroughly a client's ledgers.

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  • But its scope speedily widened, and at last skilled accountants were put into the books of all the railroads traversing Wisconsin.

  • The accountants, however, in all cases refused to certify to their accuracy under oath.

  • When looking for the Osseous attend a convention of expert accountants, bankers, lumbermen, hardware merchants or pioneers.

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British Dictionary definitions for accountant


/ (əˈkaʊntənt) /

  1. 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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