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caller1

[kaw-ler] /ˈkɔ lər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that calls.
2.
a person who makes a short visit.
3.
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
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English. See call, -er1
Synonyms
2. See visitor.

caller2

[kal-er, kah-ler] /ˈkæl ər, ˈkɑ lər/
adjective, Scot. and North England
1.
(of fruit, fish, vegetables, etc.) fresh; recently picked or caught.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English, north. variant of calver fresh, alive (said of fish) < ?
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  • Did their yawning cease when the bell rang and a caller was admitted?

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • To Eileen's credit it may be said that she had not been told that a caller was expected.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • A purple curtain was drawn across the lobby, screening the caller newly arrived from the one so hurriedly departing.

    Tales of Chinatown Sax Rohmer
  • The caller had gone away, and the old woman and the girl were left alone.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • When the investigator and his caller were alone, the former offered the other some cigarettes.

    Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist John T. McIntyre
British Dictionary definitions for caller

caller1

/ˈkɔːlə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that calls, esp a person who makes a brief visit
2.
(Austral) a racing commentator

caller2

/ˈkælə Scottish ˈkælər; ˈkɒlər/
adjective (Scot)
1.
(of food, esp fish) fresh
2.
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
n.

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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