Definition of accountant in English:


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  • A person whose job is to keep, inspect, and analyse financial accounts.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘He said the vast bulk of claims against accountants were not for audit work but for taxation work.’
    • ‘Ask your accountant to inform your tax office as soon as possible that he or she is dealing with your case.’
    • ‘More to the point, we are a nation of accountants, consultants and financial advisers.’
    • ‘He went to see an insolvency practitioner at his accountants for advice on winding up the business.’
    • ‘There will always be a flow of accountants leaving the country to work and gain experience abroad.’
    • ‘Many accountants made it to the board having previously served as senior executives.’
    • ‘If Hannibal had listened too long to his accountants, he might not have set off in the first place.’
    • ‘Many accountants have opted to return to college to add further value to their skills.’
    • ‘The orientation of research and development staff is likely to differ from that of accountants.’
    • ‘After that, tax payers will have to employ an accountant or work out for themselves how much they owe the taxman.’
    • ‘He would pass the letter on to his accountant, who would more than likely tell him not to worry.’
    • ‘The involvement of a qualified accountant in preparing these forecasts is recommended.’
    • ‘He is not sure if he owes tax on this, but is meeting his accountant this week to discuss the issue.’
    • ‘They cancelled their credit cards when told accountants were to look through the books, it is claimed.’
    • ‘Your assets are seized and managed by an accountant specialising in insolvency.’
    • ‘The accountants decided the accounts were inefficient, and persuaded the politicians to close them.’
    • ‘When my banker boyfriend came to London, he hung out with other bankers, or accountants and lawyers.’
    clerk, bank clerk, teller, bank teller, banker, treasurer, bursar, purser



/əˈkoun(t)ənt/ /əˈkaʊn(t)ənt/


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.