certified public accountant


noun

an accountant certified by a state examining board as having fulfilled the requirements of state law to be a public accountant. Abbreviation: C.P.A.

Nearby words

  1. certified check,
  2. certified mail,
  3. certified milk,
  4. certified pasteurized milk,
  5. certified professional secretary,
  6. certify,
  7. certiorari,
  8. certitude,
  9. certosina,
  10. cerulean

Origin of certified public accountant

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15

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British Dictionary definitions for certified public accountant

certified public accountant

noun

(in the US) a public accountant certified to have met state legal requirementsCompare certified accountant
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