- accountant (n.) mid-15c., "accounting officer, one who renders accounts," from O.Fr. acuntant (Mod.Fr. accomptant), from prp. of accompter (see ACCOUNT (Cf. 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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