or for·tune·tell·er

[ fawr-chuh n-tel-er ]
/ ˈfɔr tʃənˌtɛl ər /


a person who claims the ability to predict the future.


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Origin of fortune-teller

First recorded in 1580–90; fortune + teller Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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 forms of fortune-teller

fortune-telling, adjective, noun
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