Definition of fortune teller in English:

fortune teller


  • A person who is supposedly able to predict a person's future by palmistry, using a crystal ball, or similar methods.

    ‘he went to a fortune teller to ask for advice’
    • ‘Divide the group into teams of three to five people, and have each team choose one member to be Madame Fortuna, the mysterious fortune-teller of bright futures.’
    • ‘Shortly after his birth, his father, a wealthy and powerful man, asked fortune-tellers about his son's future.’
    • ‘I could have made a mint being a fortune-teller, too - though I already would have known that.’
    • ‘Armed policemen guard the entrance to the church grounds while barbers, cobblers and fortune-tellers do business along the walls of the churchyard.’
    • ‘Practitioners of the spiritual arts, be they geomancers, mediums, fortune-tellers or soul-callers, have increased in prominence as their formerly proscribed services become eagerly sought-after.’
    • ‘Tarot cards are usually read by a fortune-teller, though in these days of New Age Enterprise, anyone can buy a deck with instructions on how to discover your real self and actualize your true potential.’
    • ‘I know a Gypsy fortune-teller in town who might be able to reach her.’
    • ‘Keith began his ascent in the circus, running a sideshow populated with freaks, strongmen, fortune-tellers, and other wonders.’
    • ‘All around me are jugglers and fortune-tellers, dancers and fire-eaters, and every few steps is another stall with a vendor eager to squeeze fresh orange juice.’
    • ‘Diviners, or fortune-tellers, are believed to have a special connection with the spirit world and can be called upon as go-betweens.’
    • ‘Are fortune-tellers, clairvoyants, palm readers, spiritists and voodoo participants in league with demons?’
    • ‘Well, for one, there'd probably be scores of out-of-work fortune-tellers morosely sitting at home with their parrots and tarot cards.’
    • ‘Here, story-tellers, fortune-tellers and medicine-sellers with fantastic ingredients mingle in the grillfire-smoky square with Berber musicians in white robes.’
    • ‘Daughters of successful fortune-tellers traditionally become fortune-tellers whether or not they are interested.’
    • ‘Anything and everything seemed to be available, and for good measure the fortune-tellers that were present appeared to be quite busy.’
    • ‘According to the Manila Standard, even fortune-tellers are flip-flopping on the possible outcome.’
    • ‘In addition to the fashion and beauty exhibitors, there were also stands featuring jewellery, catering, florists, photographers and even fortune-tellers.’
    • ‘And everywhere he went he consulted the local fortune-tellers.’
    • ‘Are they behind the mysterious powers of fortune-tellers, mystics, clairvoyants, and palm readers?’
    • ‘In a country with such a long tradition of corruption, one need not be a fortune-teller to predict that soon the black market will be flooded with such language diplomas.’
    clairvoyant, crystal gazer, psychic, prophet, forecaster of the future, seer, oracle, soothsayer, prognosticator, prophesier, augur, diviner, sibyl
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fortune teller

/ˈfɔːtʃuːn tɛlə/