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.

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. Charles J. C. Lyall:

    Never call an accountant a credit to his profession a good accountant is a debit to his profession.

  2. David Feldsott:

    The mistakes I made, coupled with the complications of being an expat, is making me use an accountant, i think people are running a big risk by not using an expert.

  3. Brad Sherman:

    Obviously all of my fellow members of the CPA and accountant caucus could understand whatever documents are produced, and I think to not turn them over is without defense, and attacking the intelligence of members of Congress seems to be the only thing that the President's spokesperson can do.

  4. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi:

    If you're the victim of fraud, nobody is going to say, well, you gave the accountant access to your money.

  5. Terri Herron:

    For an accountant to basically withdraw their report and to alert the client that the financial statements aren't reliable is a pretty extreme action, it's required by our standards that we do that as CPAs. But it doesn't happen very often.

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