Definition of clerk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//klɑːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɜːrk//
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  1. 1  a person whose job is to keep the records or accounts in an office, shop/store etc. an office clerk see also filing clerk See related entries: Job titles
  2. 2  an official in charge of the records of a council, court, etc. the Town Clerk the Clerk of the Court see also clerk of works, county clerk, parish clerk
  3. 3  (North American English) = sales clerk The clerk at the counter gave me too little change.
  4. 4(also desk clerk) (both North American English) a person whose job is dealing with people arriving at or leaving a hotel synonym receptionist See related entries: Hotel people
  5. Word OriginOld English cleric, clerc (in the sense ‘ordained minister, literate person’), from ecclesiastical Latin clericus ‘clergyman’, from Greek klērikos ‘belonging to the Christian clergy’, from klēros ‘lot, heritage’ (Acts 1:26); reinforced by Old French clerc, from the same source. Sense (1) dates from the early 16th cent.Extra examples He held the post of Clerk to the Council. He started work as a railway booking clerk. a former clerk to Chief Justice George P. Willison an articled clerk working for a large law firm The sales clerk answered all our questions.
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