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[aw-di-ter] /ˈɔ dɪ tər/
a person appointed and authorized to examine accounts and accounting records, compare the charges with the vouchers, verify balance sheet and income items, and state the result.
a university student registered for a course without credit and without obligation to do work assigned to the class.
a hearer; listener.
Origin of auditor
1300-50; Middle English auditour < Anglo-French < Latin audītor hearer, equivalent to audī(re) to hear + -tor -tor
Related forms
auditorship, noun
subauditor, noun
superauditor, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for auditor
  • There may be a wide range of possible estimates, and the auditor now must simply conclude the estimates are within that range.
  • If anybody is going to take responsibility for a firm's accounts, it should be the external auditor.
  • The auditor will ask questions about your personal habits and perform a series of tests.
  • When an auditor departs, the investors deserve to know why.
  • Drawing up a company's accounts and getting an outside auditor to verify them is essential.
  • It's not often that a fired auditor and a client get into a public squabble over who-said-what-when.
  • The lack of supervision meant that the role of the company's auditor was crucial.
  • Perhaps some barriers to entry, such as caps on auditor liability or state registration requirements, could be chopped down.
  • Otherwise, if you aren't an auditor it's a pretty expensive piece of paper for no good reason.
  • He was rejected twice before getting in the back door, as an auditor in the theory program.
British Dictionary definitions for auditor


a person qualified to audit accounts
a person who hears or listens
(Austral & US, Canadian) a registered student who attends a class that is not an official part of his course of study, without actively participating it
Derived Forms
auditorial, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French auditeur, from Latin audītor a hearer
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Word Origin and History for auditor

early 14c., "official who receives and examines accounts;" late 14c., "a listener," from Anglo-French auditour (Old French oieor "listener, court clerk," 13c.; Modern French auditeur), from Latin auditor "a hearer," from auditus, past participle of audire "to hear" (see audience). Meaning "receiver and examiner of accounts" is because this process formerly was done, and vouched for, orally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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