[ aw-di-ter ]
/ ˈɔ dɪ tər /


a person appointed and authorized to examine accounts and accounting records, compare the charges with the vouchers, verify balance sheet and income items, and state the result.
a university student registered for a course without credit and without obligation to do work assigned to the class.
a hearer; listener.

Nearby words

  1. auditing,
  2. audition,
  3. auditionee,
  4. auditioner,
  5. auditive,
  6. auditor general,
  7. auditorium,
  8. auditory,
  9. auditory aphasia,
  10. auditory area

Origin of auditor

1300–50; Middle English auditour < Anglo-French < Latin audītor hearer, equivalent to audī(re) to hear + -tor -tor

Related formsau·di·tor·ship, nounsub·au·di·tor, nounsu·per·au·di·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for auditor

British Dictionary definitions for auditor


/ (ˈɔːdɪtə) /


a person qualified to audit accounts
a person who hears or listens
Australian, US and Canadian a registered student who attends a class that is not an official part of his course of study, without actively participating it
Derived Formsauditorial, adjective

Word Origin for auditor

C14: from Old French auditeur, from Latin audītor a hearer

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Word Origin and History for auditor



early 14c., "official who receives and examines accounts;" late 14c., "a listener," from Anglo-French auditour (Old French oieor "listener, court clerk," 13c.; Modern French auditeur), from Latin auditor "a hearer," from auditus, past participle of audire "to hear" (see audience). Meaning "receiver and examiner of accounts" is because this process formerly was done, and vouched for, orally.

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