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(one who handles financial records): acc.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ə.ˈkaʊn.tənt/, [ə.ˈkæʊn.ʔn̩ʔ]
  • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English, from Middle French acuntant. Equivalent to account +‎ -ant. First attested in the mid 15th century.


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accountant (plural accountants)

  1. One who renders account; one accountable.
  2. A reckoner, or someone who maintains financial matters for a person(s).
  3. (accounting) One who is skilled in, keeps, or adjusts, accounts; an officer in a public office, who has charge of the accounts.
  4. (accounting) One whose profession includes organizing, maintaining and auditing the records of another. The records are usually, but not always, financial records.
  5. (euphemistic) A sex worker, particularly one who does not want to be publicized as one
  • [1900, Francis William Pixley, Accountancy — constructive and recording accountancy (Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd, London).[1], volume 1, page 4:
    The word Accountant is derived from the French word compter, which took its origin from the Latin word computare. The word was formerly written in English as "accomptant", but in process of time the word, which was always pronounced by dropping the "p", became gradually changed both in pronunciation and in orthography to its present form.]
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  • Dutch: accountant
    • Indonesian: akuntan

Etymology 2[edit]

  • First attested in the early 15th century.


accountant (comparative more accountant, superlative most accountant)

  1. (obsolete) Accountable.
Usage notes[edit]
  • (adjective): Followed by the word to.



Borrowed from English accountant.


  • IPA(key): /ɑˈkɑu̯n.tənt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ac‧coun‧tant


accountant m (plural accountants)

  1. An accountant; an account-keeper or auditor.

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