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[kuh n-troh-ler; spelling pronunciation komp-troh-ler] /kənˈtroʊ lər; spelling pronunciation kɒmpˈtroʊ lər/
controller (def 1).
Origin of comptroller
by confusion with compt
Related forms
comptrollership, noun Unabridged
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  • In recent years the comptroller, or the auditor, as you may prefer to call him, has become more and more of a statistician.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • I went to the comptroller, and trusting in his probity I explained my scheme to him.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Monsieur de Villedeuil, the comptroller General, has been approved by the public, in the offices he has heretofore exercised.

  • Is there never a wise man in the realm to be a comptroller of the mint?

  • It was twenty minutes short of 1000, when he had an appointment with Baltan Vrath, the comptroller general.

    Time Crime H. Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for comptroller


a variant spelling of controller, used esp as a title of any of various financial executives
Derived Forms
comptrollership, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for comptroller

c.1500, variant of controller, with bad spelling due to influence of unrelated French compte "an account," from Latin computare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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