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  1. a person or thing that tells, relates, or communicates; narrator: Grandpa was a great teller of tall, tall tales.
  2. a person employed in a bank to receive or pay out money over the counter.
  3. a person who tells, counts, or enumerates, as one appointed to count votes in a legislative body.

Origin of teller

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at tell1, -er1
Related formstell·er·ship, nounun·der·tell·er, noun


  1. Edward,1908–2003, U.S. physicist, born in Hungary. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. another name for cashier 1 (def. 2)
  2. a person appointed to count votes in a legislative body, assembly, etc
  3. a person who tells; narrator
Derived Formstellership, noun


  1. Edward. 1908–2003, US nuclear physicist, born in Hungary: a major contributor to the development of the hydrogen bomb (1952)
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Word Origin and History for teller

"bank clerk who pays or receives money," late 15c., "person who keeps accounts," from tell (v.) in its secondary sense of "count, enumerate," which is the primary sense of cognate words in many Germanic languages.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper