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caller

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[ kaw-ler ]
/ ˈkɔ lər /
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noun

a person or thing that calls.
a person who makes a short visit.
Dance. a person who directs the movements of dancers, as at a hoedown or square dance, by calling out the successive figures as the music plays.

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Origin of caller

1
1400–50; late Middle English. See call, -er1
SYNONYMS FOR caller
2 See visitor.

Definition for caller (2 of 2)

caller

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[ kal-er, kah-ler ]
/ ˈkæl ər, ˈkɑ lər /

adjective Scot. and North England.

(of fruit, fish, vegetables, etc.) fresh; recently picked or caught.

Origin of caller

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1325–75; Middle English, north. variant of calver fresh, alive (said of fish) < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for caller (1 of 2)

caller

1
/ (ˈkɔːlə) /

noun

a person or thing that calls, esp a person who makes a brief visit
Australian a racing commentator

British Dictionary definitions for caller (2 of 2)

caller

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/ (ˈkælə); (Scottish ˈkælər, ˈkɒlər) /

adjective Scot

(of food, esp fish) fresh
coola caller breeze

Word Origin for caller

C14: perhaps a Scottish variant of calver to prepare fresh salmon or trout in a certain way; perhaps from Old English calwer curds, from a fancied resemblance with the flaked flesh of the fish
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Word Origin and History for caller

caller


n.

c.1500, "one who proclaims," agent noun from call (v.). Meaning "one who announces step changes at a dance" is recorded from 1882; "one who places a telephone call," 1898. Meaning "a social visitor" is attested from 1786.

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