Definition of accountant in US English:


(also acct.)


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

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