Definition for prompter (2 of 2)
adjective, prompt·er, prompt·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased, the limit being stated on a note of reminder (prompt note).
- the contract setting the time limit.
Origin of prompt
The commercial sense of the noun prompt “a time limit given for payment for merchandise purchased" dates from the mid-18th century. The computer sense of the noun “a message or symbol on a display screen requesting more information from a user" dates from 1977.
Examples from the Web for prompter
When you were standing there and realized the wrong speech was in the prompter, what was going through your mind?
On that note, Michael, reading the prompter again in March said, “I will sing all the songs my fans want to hear.”
For once the dog recognised me as more intelligent or, at any rate, prompter than his master, and gave his whole attention to me.Foe-Farrell|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The suggestion as to warships met with a prompter response than General Lee had expected.The United States and Latin America|John Holladay Latan
The Prompter's business is with the world at large, and the mass of mankind are concerned only with common things.Noah Webster|Horace E. Scudder
The wretch has dared to call on Mr. H. because he found his address in the Prompter.The Battle of The Press|Theophila Carlile Campbell
The actors surpassed themselves, though they had no prompter, and were loudly applauded.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for prompter (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for prompter (2 of 2)
- the time limit allowed for payment of the debt incurred by purchasing goods or services on credit
- the contract specifying this time limit
- Also called: prompt note a memorandum sent to a purchaser to remind him of the time limit and the sum due