Definition of fortune teller in US 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’
    • ‘Well, for one, there'd probably be scores of out-of-work fortune-tellers morosely sitting at home with their parrots and tarot cards.’
    • ‘Diviners, or fortune-tellers, are believed to have a special connection with the spirit world and can be called upon as go-betweens.’
    • ‘Are they behind the mysterious powers of fortune-tellers, mystics, clairvoyants, and palm readers?’
    • ‘Keith began his ascent in the circus, running a sideshow populated with freaks, strongmen, fortune-tellers, and other wonders.’
    • ‘Daughters of successful fortune-tellers traditionally become fortune-tellers whether or not they are interested.’
    • ‘I could have made a mint being a fortune-teller, too - though I already would have known that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I know a Gypsy fortune-teller in town who might be able to reach her.’
    • ‘In addition to the fashion and beauty exhibitors, there were also stands featuring jewellery, catering, florists, photographers and even fortune-tellers.’
    • ‘According to the Manila Standard, even fortune-tellers are flip-flopping on the possible outcome.’
    • ‘Anything and everything seemed to be available, and for good measure the fortune-tellers that were present appeared to be quite busy.’
    • ‘Shortly after his birth, his father, a wealthy and powerful man, asked fortune-tellers about his son's future.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Armed policemen guard the entrance to the church grounds while barbers, cobblers and fortune-tellers do business along the walls of the churchyard.’
    • ‘Here, story-tellers, fortune-tellers and medicine-sellers with fantastic ingredients mingle in the grillfire-smoky square with Berber musicians in white robes.’
    • ‘Are fortune-tellers, clairvoyants, palm readers, spiritists and voodoo participants in league with demons?’
    • ‘And everywhere he went he consulted the local fortune-tellers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    clairvoyant, crystal gazer, psychic, prophet, forecaster of the future, seer, oracle, soothsayer, prognosticator, prophesier, augur, diviner, sibyl
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fortune teller

/ˈfôːrCHən ˌtelər//ˈfɔːrtʃən ˌtɛlər/