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[kaw-ler] /ˈkɔ lər/
a person or thing that calls.
a person who makes a short visit.
Dance. a person who directs the movements of dancers, as at a hoedown or square dance, by calling out the successive figures as the music plays.
Origin of caller1
1400-50; late Middle English. See call, -er1
2. See visitor.


[kal-er, kah-ler] /ˈkæl ər, ˈkɑ lər/
adjective, Scot. and North England
(of fruit, fish, vegetables, etc.) fresh; recently picked or caught.
1325-75; Middle English, north. variant of calver fresh, alive (said of fish) < ? Unabridged
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Examples from the web for caller
  • In the last episode, a caller asked about stopping a car.
  • Two days later a card was handed in to the editor with a note asking him to see for a moment the husband of his irate caller.
  • Finally, the caller asked at what age it was possible to get emergency contraception over the counter.
  • He let it rumble and stop, rumble and stop three full times so that the caller would not suspect how lonely he was.
  • One of his advanced-stage leukemia patients had low levels of electrolytes and compromised kidney function, the caller reported.
  • In one, members of a group were asked simply to repeat words spoken by the caller.
  • And phone calls are only a third as effective if the caller is a hired mouth rather than a true believer.
  • Music exists in terms of ring tones and caller ring back tones and not full music downloads.
  • If you would not give out information to an unknown telephone caller, then don't click a link on email from an unknown sender.
  • She answered her phone and talked to her caller as she walked out at a leisurely pace.
British Dictionary definitions for caller


a person or thing that calls, esp a person who makes a brief visit
(Austral) a racing commentator


/ˈkælə Scottish ˈkælər; ˈkɒlər/
adjective (Scot)
(of food, esp fish) fresh
cool: a caller breeze
Word Origin
C14: perhaps a Scottish variant of calver to prepare fresh salmon or trout in a certain way; perhaps from Old English calwer curds, from a fancied resemblance with the flaked flesh of the fish
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Word Origin and History for caller

c.1500, "one who proclaims," agent noun from call (v.). Meaning "one who announces step changes at a dance" is recorded from 1882; "one who places a telephone call," 1898. Meaning "a social visitor" is attested from 1786.

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