a person whose profession is inspecting and auditing personal or commercial .
Contemporary Examples

Mint: Who needs an accountant when this handy app will organize all your bills, bank accounts and even send you budget alerts?
Must-Have Apps: What To Download On Your New Device Nina Strochlic December 24, 2012

Not for me, mind you—we took our taxes to the accountant weeks ago.
Happy Tax Day. Now Stop Making Interest-Free Loans to the U.S. Government. Megan McArdle April 13, 2013

The accountant thought it was me and was calling to tell me to go easy.
Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview Tim Teeman September 3, 2014

Mr Barboza, an NHS accountant, and his children live in Bristol.
Hoaxed Kate Middleton Nurse Left Suicide Note Tom Sykes December 10, 2012

Your query will be answered with a blank stare, followed by a long pause and half-hearted reply: My accountant?
Simon Kinberg on ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ ‘The Fantastic Four’ Reboot, and Black Superheroes Marlow Stern May 24, 2014

Historical Examples

His father, a poor gentleman, procured a situation as accountant in a mercantile house.
The Battery and the Boiler R.M. Ballantyne

I “run down” the accountant because he was either ignorant or corrupt.
A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr

I had a moonshee, or accountant, in one of my outworks in Purneah.
Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier James Inglis

Perhaps your friend Wentworth, being an accountant, may know more about it.’
A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr

The forger, as a rule, is a bookkeeper or an accountant who grows expert with the pen.
Crime: Its Cause and Treatment Clarence Darrow

a person concerned with the maintenance and audit of business accounts and the preparation of consultant reports in tax and finance

mid-15c., “accounting officer, one who renders accounts,” from Old French acuntant (Modern French accomptant), from present participle of accompter (see account). Sense of “professional maker of accounts” is recorded from 1530s. The word also was an adjective in Middle English, “accountable; liable to render accounts” (early 15c.).

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