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a person employed by a bank, especially as an executive or other official.
Games. the keeper or holder of the bank.
a vessel employed in cod fishery on the banks off Newfoundland.
a fisherman on such a vessel.
Australian. a river near flood level, the water being almost bank high.
a bench or table used by masons for dressing stones or bricks.
Contemporary Examples

The question is whether the banker, after lagging in the polls for months, can pull off a surprise win in the home stretch.
The Banker Sneaking Up on the Republicans Running for Senate in Nebraska Ben Jacobs May 8, 2014

So J.P. Morgan became the banker for the Allies, and American food and steel kept the British war effort going.
A Noble Failure: Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency Considered Michael Kazin September 7, 2013

If only a banker or high government official had slept with a celebrity, perhaps then this would have drawn our attention.
Charlie Sheen’s “Winning” Streak: Celebrity Gossip Is Making Us Stupid John Avlon December 31, 2011

I have a great relationship (with Nguyen, a 40-year-old former Goldman Sachs banker, who he has been with for seven years).
BP, Putin, and the Power of Oil Tim Teeman March 8, 2014

And so the company is now run by a guy who is neither a banker nor a trader—which is rare for Wall Street.
Morgan Stanley Retreats From Investment Banking and Trading Daniel Gross January 10, 2013

Historical Examples

As to the banker’s part in the transaction, the whole question is one of commission.
Elements of Foreign Exchange Franklin Escher

A polite lie had been written to her husband, a banker of power in the city.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

In an instant the banker was out of the car, dragging at Marta Lami’s hand.
The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt

Linda sat very quietly a minute and then she looked at the banker.
Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter

Hes the lad that must fix it up with the banker when the note is renewed.
Treading the Narrow Way R. E. Barrett

a person who owns or is an executive in a bank
an official or player in charge of the bank in any of various games, esp gambling games
a result that has been forecast identically in a series of entries on a football pool coupon
a person or thing that appears certain to win or be successful
a fishing vessel of Newfoundland
a fisherman in such a vessel
(Austral & NZ, informal) a stream almost overflowing its banks (esp in the phrase run a banker)
(Brit) Also called bank engine. a locomotive that is used to help a heavy train up a steep gradient
a craftsman’s workbench
a timber board used as a base for mixing building materials

“keeper of a bank,” 1530s, agent noun formed from bank (n.1), possibly modeled on French banquier (16c.).


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