Definition of accountant in English:



  • A person whose job is to keep or inspect financial accounts.

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