Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Cool; refreshing: as, a caller breeze
  • Fresh; in proper season: applied chiefly to fish: as, caller herrings.
  • noun One who calls, in any sense of the verb; especially, one who pays a short complimentary visit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Cool; refreshing; fresh.
  • adjective Fresh; in good condition.
  • noun One who calls.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The person who made a telephone call.
  • noun A visitor.
  • noun bingo The person who stands at the front of the hall and announces the numbers.
  • noun computing, programming The function that calls another (the callee).
  • noun A whistle or similar item used to call foxes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the person initiating a telephone call
  • adjective fresh
  • adjective providing coolness
  • noun a social or business visitor
  • noun someone who proclaims or summons in a loud voice
  • noun the person who convenes a meeting
  • noun an investor who buys a call option
  • noun the bettor in a card game who matches the bet and calls for a show of hands
  • noun a person who announces the changes of steps during a dance

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English calour, alteration of calver.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Agent noun of call.

Examples

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  • Caller, fresh, cool. There is no exact English synonym for this word. " Caller herrin," " Caller haddie," and "Caller ow" are familiar cries to Edinburgh people, and to all strangers who

    visit that beautiful city.

    Sae sweet his voice, sae smooth his tongue,

    His breath's like caller air ;

    His very foot has music in't

    When he comes up the stair.

    MICKLE : There's nae Luck

    about the House.

    Upon a simmer Sunday morn,

    When Nature's face is fair,

    I walked forth to view the corn

    And snuff the caller air.

    BURNS: The Holy Fair.

    From Mackay's Dictionary of Lowland Scotch.

    January 18, 2009

  • A’ ye wha canna stand sae sicker,

    Whan twice ye’ve toom’d the big

    ars’dbicker,

    Mix caller oysters wi your liquor,

    And I’m your debtor

    If greedy priest or drouthy vicar

    Will thole it better.

    Auld Reekie’s 18th-century James Dean

    sicker?

    toom'd

    big ars'dbicker?

    January 18, 2009

  • In Scots this means fresh. Fergusson has a line I think about caller oysters (or whatever oysters is in Scots, I'll check).

    January 18, 2009