or for·tune·tell·er

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


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

Examples from the Web for fortuneteller

  • A fortuneteller with cards gives one the same shock of surprise.

    The Path of a Star|Mrs. Everard Cotes (AKA Sara Jeannette Duncan)
  • Nevertheless, however blind and lying is the fortuneteller's art, it may yet hit home once in a thousand times.

  • She was a fortuneteller and she wanted to tell me my fortune.

    Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives|Work Projects Administration
  • They were a sort of cross between the bard and the fortuneteller.

    Bible Studies|Joseph M. Wheeler

British Dictionary definitions for fortuneteller



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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