Origin of comptrolleraltered (infl. by French compte, an account) from controller
An example of a comptroller is the person who sets the budget for a company.
Usage Note: The spelling comptroller developed around 1500 from controller as a result of an association between cont and the etymologically unrelated word count, which was sometimes spelled compte in Middle English. Historically, comptroller was pronounced just like controller, but as more people began to read, they saw the letters mp and started pronouncing them. The pronunciations (kŏmp-trō′lər) and (kŏmp′trō′lər) became widespread. In our 1995 survey, 43 percent of the Usage Panel pronounced comptroller like controller, while 57 percent pronounced it with (mp), mirroring the mp spelling, with stress on either the first or second syllable. By 2011, only 30 percent of the Panel pronounced comptroller like controller . The remainder (70 percent) preferred pronouncing mp as (mp), with the stress either on the second syllable (45 percent) or the first (25 percent). The pronunciation thus appears to be in flux, with each of the three variants enjoying the support of a significant portion of the Usage Panel. Speakers may want to bear in mind, though, that if they say (kŏmp′trō′lər), with stress on the first syllable, half of their literate listeners will think they are mispronouncing the word (half of the Panelists disapproved of this pronunciation). But putting the stress on the second syllable (kŏmp-trō′lər) will not save you from censure either; a quarter of the Panelists found this pronunciation unacceptable.
From late Middle English compteroller, a spelling variant of countreroller (from which controller) due to folk etymology: the word was thought to have an etymological connection with Middle French compte (“account”). Originally the two spellings were equivalent and pronounced identically; the modern pronunciation with [mp] is based on the spelling.
comptroller - Investment & Finance Definition
The chief accountant of a company, who is responsible for preparing financial reports and supervising internal audits. The comptroller also may act as the treasurer in small companies. The terms comptroller and controller are used interchangeably.
- The London County Council, according to the statement of its comptroller, was disturbed by the hope expressed by the manager of the company, that the holders of the company's ordinary shares would obtain the par value of their shares in 1911.
- It was in 1770 that he wrote his famous Lettres sur la liberte du commerce des grains, addressed to the comptroller-general, the abbe Terray.
- The governor is a member of the Board of Pardons, the other members being the attorney-general, the secretary of state, the comptroller and the commissioner of agriculture; he and the secretary of state, attorney-general, comptroller, treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of agriculture comprise a Board of Commissioners of State Institutions; he is also a member of the Board of Education.
- The chamberlain or comptroller of the king's chamber is appointed by the livery.
- He served in the state House of Representatives in 1827,1829-30,1832 and 1834-35, was state comptroller in 1835 and 1842-43, was postmaster at Hartford in 1835-42, and was chief of the bureau of provisions and clothing in the Navy Department at Washington in 1846-1849.