Definition of accountant in English:


Line breaks: ac¦count|ant
Pronunciation: /əˈkaʊnt(ə)nt


A person whose job is to keep or inspect financial accounts.
More example sentences
  • Financial control is not as popular with qualified accountants as it used to be.
  • There are a number of types of accountant, with chartered accountants being among the best known.
  • The distinction between fixed and variable costs commonly used by accountants is quite irrelevant.


Middle English: from Law French, present participle of Old French aconter (see account). The original use was as an adjective meaning 'liable to give an account', hence denoting a person who must do so.

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