• Gipsy Fortune-teller
    Gipsy Fortune-teller
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n teller someone who tells a story
    • n teller an employee of a bank who receives and pays out money
    • n teller an official appointed to count the votes (especially in legislative assembly)
    • n Teller United States physicist (born in Hungary) who worked on the first atom bomb and the first hydrogen bomb (1908-2003)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Crowd of people round a fortune teller Crowd of people round a fortune teller

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average bank teller loses about $250 every year
    • Teller An employee of a bank who receives money paid in, and pays money out, and makes records of such transactions.
    • Teller One of four officers of the English Exchequer, formerly appointed to receive moneys due to the king and to pay moneys payable by the king.
    • Teller One who is appointed to count the votes given in a legislative body, public meeting, assembly, etc.
    • Teller One who tells, relates, or communicates; an informer, narrator, or describer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 53% prefer ATM machines over tellers.
    • n teller One of the successive strokes on a church bell rung to tell the sex and age of a person who has just died.
    • n teller One who counts or enumerates. Specifically— One of two or more persons, members of a deliberative or legislative body, appointed, when a division takes place, to count the votes cast for and against a particular proposal or measure. In the British House of Commons there are two tellers appointed for each party, of whom one for the ayes and another for the noes are associated to check each other in the telling. In the United States House of Representatives but one is appointed for each party.
    • n teller A functionary in a banking establishment whose business it is to receive or to pay money over the counter: as, a receiving teller; a paying teller.
    • n teller One who tells, recounts, narrates, relates, or communicates something to others: as, a story-teller.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A young criminal walked into a bank and quietly handed the teller a note demanding several thousand dollars. Disguised, the man could have easily gotten away. However, he had idiotically written the note on a piece of his own stationery; it included his full name and address.
    • ns Teller one who tells or counts: a clerk whose duty it is to receive and pay money
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  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Never trust the teller, trust the tale.”
  • Graham Greene
    “It is the story-teller's task to elicit sympathy and a measure of understanding for those who lie outside the boundaries of State approval.”
  • Walter Benjamin
    “Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell. He has borrowed his authority from death.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.”
  • Robert Browning
    “Truth never hurts the teller.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tellan; Ice. telja, Ger. zählen, to number.


In literature:

I had been wearing a hat before, so I thought the teller at the bank would not know me.
"Dave Ranney" by Dave Ranney
Under such circumstances the chief duty of the teller is to protect the depositor who has drawn the check on his bank.
"Disputed Handwriting" by Jerome B. Lavay
Then he came forward and spoke to a teller at the receiving-window.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
The teller was pushed into the street first, and the rest followed.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
A dramatic tale by one of the story-tellers was about a yokelish young wrestler and a daimyo.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
I am sure she rued the day that ever she listened to a fortune-teller.
"Stories for the Young" by Hannah More
Story-tellers born and accomplished do not tell poor stories.
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
The story-teller is on the lookout for these eager attitudes.
"Humanly Speaking" by Samuel McChord Crothers
While all adults are supposed to know something of the tribal stories, not all are expected to be good story-tellers.
"The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi" by Hattie Greene Lockett
As a fortune-teller, I should also be of great service, as he would explain to me hereafter.
"Japhet, In Search Of A Father" by Frederick Marryat

In poetry:

O fairy people good,
Truth-tellers of the dew!
The face of truth smiles only true
Beneath your beauty's hood;
"Fairy Tales" by Thomas MacDonagh
O Hussein, lead me to the King!
Thou teller of sweet tales,--thine own,
Ferdousi's, and the others',--lead!
How is it with my lord?
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
Here Alfred the Truth-Teller
Suddenly closed his book,
And lifted his blue eyes,
With doubt and strange surmise
Depicted in their look.
"Discoverer Of The North Cape. A Leaf From King Alfred's Orosius. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
THE painter's and the poet's fame
Shed their twinned lustre round his name,
To gild our story-teller's art,
Where each in turn must play his part.
"A Toast To Wilkie Collins" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Tell us a story to make us hear
Murmurs we dreamed ere we were born;
Rippling water and running breeze,
Bobolink's note in the windy trees,
And the mighty silence of summer seas,
Teller of tales!
"The Working Children To The Story Teller" by Laura Benet
Then let the tale-teller be sure, without fail,
That button and patience will last out the tale;
But if on this plan he should give you no quarter,
Let his tongue, or his story, be cut rather shorter.
"The Button" by William Hutton

In news:

This drawing originally appeared in the September 19, 1996 issue with the article The Truth Teller.
What I've Learned: Penn & Teller.
"Our guys believe we are serving the Constitution," said Paul Teller of the Republican Study Committee.
Article June 20, 2012 By Jean Teller.
Article June 19, 2012 By Jean Teller.
Article October 30, 2012 By Jean Teller.
According to the FBI, a man walked into the Huntington Bank, located at 1436 W Mound St, at about 10:45 am and handed the teller a note demanding money.
The man walked into Key Bank, 1532 N E 181st St, just before 12:30 and handed the teller a note saying he was armed.
Telco Plus Credit Union has moved into a newly expanded facility in Tyler, offering a new teller concept and adding employees and services.
The Tinderbox Career of a Legendary Truth Teller.
A man entered a west Columbus bank and demanded money from a teller on Monday afternoon.
Obama's New Jobs Man Alan Krueger Was a Terrorism Truth-Teller .
Penn & Teller go for ' unwilling suspension of disbelief' on Friday.
Illustration by Bob AulI was worried when my sister told me she was dating a BMW-driving 30-year-old banker with a house in Laguna Beach—until I found out that you're a bank teller who leases his car and lives at home with his parents.
A teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money and he left, according to the incident report.

In science:

Ashkin, J. and Teller, E. (1943) Statistics of two-dimensional lattices with four components, Phys.
The random geometry of equilibrium phases
Such transfer is associated the strong Jahn-Teller distortion discussed in Section IV B 1 as the systems goes from the +1 to the −1 state.
Self-vacancies in Gallium Arsenide: an ab initio calculation
Jahn-Teller distortion and that −1 charge state is the most stable for Fermi levels above midgap.
Self-vacancies in Gallium Arsenide: an ab initio calculation
It well describes only the reduced energy region of the lowest states for intermediate nuclei, and it does not include the effects from the Gamow-Teller resonance region.
Recent advances in neutrinoless double beta decay search
In order to test the calculations they have tried to calibrate them against related observables: 2ν ββ decay, ordinary β+ and β− decay, Gamow-Teller strength distributions, odd-even mass differences and single-particle spectra.
Neutrinoless double beta decay and direct searches for neutrino mass