or for·tune·tell·er

[fawr-chuh n-tel-er]


a person who claims the ability to predict the future.

Origin of fortune-teller

First recorded in 1580–90; fortune + teller Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for fortune-teller

augur, clairvoyant, medium, oracle, prophet, psychic, seer, soothsayer, diviner, spiritualist

Examples from the Web for fortune-teller

Contemporary Examples of fortune-teller

Historical Examples of fortune-teller

  • What frightened him most, however, was the fate of Askletarion the fortune-teller.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • There is a fortune-teller in Westminster who is making little less.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • If we want to see the encampment, we had better not have anything to do with the fortune-teller.

    Carry's Rose

    Mrs. George Cupples

  • I took her with me to Tuscany—stole her from an old vixen of a fortune-teller.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child

  • And he saw no reason why he should not become a fortune-teller himself.

    The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit

    Arthur Scott Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for fortune-teller



a person who makes predictions about the future as by looking into a crystal ball, reading palms, etc
Derived Formsfortune-telling, adjective, noun
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