Meaning of ACCOUNTANT in English

ACCOUNTANT

I. -t ə nt, -tənt noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English accountaunt, accomptaunt, from Middle French acontant, acomptant, from present participle of aconter, acompter to account, compute — more at account

1.

a. : one that gives an account : one that is accountable

b. archaic : the defendant in an action of account

2. archaic : one that counts or calculates

3. : one that is skilled in the practice of accounting : one that has charge of public or private accounts — distinguished from bookkeeper ; see certified public accountant , chartered accountant , public accountant

II. adjective

Etymology: Middle English accountaunt, accomptaunt, from Middle French acontant, acomptant, present participle

obsolete : liable to account : accountable

accountant to the law — Shakespeare

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