What does accountant mean?

Definitions for accountant
əˈkaʊn tntac·coun·tant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accountant, comptroller, controllernoun

    someone who maintains and audits business accounts

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Accountantadjective

    Accountable to; responsible for.

    Etymology: from account.

    His offence is so, as it appears
    Accountant to the law upon that pain. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Meas.

    I love her too,
    Not out of absolute lust (though, peradventure,
    I stand accountant for as great a sin)
    But partly led to diet my revenge. William Shakespeare, Othello.

  2. Accountantnoun

    A computer; a man skilled or employed in accounts.

    The different compute of divers states; the short and irreconcileable years of some; the exceeding errour in the natural frame of others; and the false deductions of ordinary accountants in most. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.


  1. Accountant

    An accountant is a practitioner of accounting or accountancy. Accountants who have demonstrated competency through their professional associations' certification exams are certified to use titles such as Chartered Accountant, Chartered Certified Accountant or Certified Public Accountant, or Registered Public Accountant. Such professionals are granted certain responsibilities by statute, such as the ability to certify an organization's financial statements, and may be held liable for professional misconduct. Non-qualified accountants may be employed by a qualified accountant, or may work independently without statutory privileges and obligations. Cahan & Sun (2015) used archival study to find out that accountants’ personal characteristics may exert a very significant impact during the audit process and further influence audit fees and audit quality. Practitioners have been portrayed in popular culture by the stereotype of the humorless, introspective bean-counter. It has been suggested that the stereotype has an influence on those attracted to the profession with many new entrants underestimating the importance of communication skills and overestimating the importance of numeracy in the role. An accountant may either be hired for a firm that requires accounting services on a continuous basis, or may belong to an accounting firm that provides accounting consulting services to other firms. The Big Four auditors are the largest employers of accountants worldwide. However, most accountants are employed in commerce, industry, and the public sector.


  1. accountant

    An accountant is a professional who performs tasks related to financial record keeping, including recording financial transactions, managing financial documents, conducting audits, handling tax matters and providing advice to businesses or individuals on financial decisions. They assist in budget planning, profit and loss computations and other financial analyses, and ensure all transactions comply with laws and regulations. Accountants often hold professional certifications like Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and can specialize in areas such as forensic accounting, tax accounting, or management accounting.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accountantnoun

    one who renders account; one accountable

  2. Accountantnoun

    a reckoner

  3. Accountantnoun

    one who is skilled in, keeps, or adjusts, accounts; an officer in a public office, who has charge of the accounts

  4. Accountantadjective


  5. Etymology: [Cf. F. accomptant, OF. acontant, p. pr.]


  1. Accountant

    An accountant is a practitioner of accountancy or accounting, which is the measurement, disclosure or provision of assurance about financial information that helps managers, investors, tax authorities and others make decisions about allocating resources. The Big Four auditors are the largest employers of accountants worldwide. However, most accountants are employed in commerce, industry and the public sector.

Editors Contribution

  1. accountant

    A person with the accurate and specific ability, experience, skills, qualification, knowledge, role, responsibility and job title to create, prepare and manage the accounts for a business, company, enterprise or organization ensuring accurate compliance with the accounting standard.

    The accountant role is as important as other roles in a business as they are all connected and are dependant on each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accountant' in Nouns Frequency: #1716

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of accountant in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of accountant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of accountant in a Sentence

  1. Drew Astolfi:

    It took a little bit of agitation and cajoling. But for a lot of people, it wasn't enough to get them to file, for a lot of those people, you needed to tell them we're going to have a night where we're talking to an accountant.

  2. Eric Adams:

    We must get open. Let me tell you why, that accountant from a bank that sits in an office, it's not only him. It feeds our financial ecosystem. He goes to the cleaners to get his suits cleaned. He goes to the restaurant. He brings in a business traveler, which is 70 % of our hotel occupancy. He buys a hot dog on our streets, I hope a vegan hot dog, but he participates in the economy.

  3. Anthony Croll:

    Occasionally an accountant or someone else has said - after hearing about our rates, or what the deal is - 'I can do that myself,' but you know everything is easy and fine to do until you have a problem.

  4. Meer Hayet Kabir:

    Sometimes he would say he wants to become an accountant, sometimes he would say theology or sociology.

  5. Hunter Biden:

    I remember years ago an accountant said,' You know, you can charge( the Senate) part of the gas you use in the vehicle at your home.' And I said,' No,' here's how I look at it : The foul line is 15 feet away from the basket. Never get me closer than 17 feet, because it really is a matter of the public trust.

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