Definition of accountant in English:



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

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