clerk[klʉrk; Brit klärk]
An office clerk working at her desk.
- The definition of a clerk is a person who works in an office doing duties such as filing, organizing, mailing, etc. or a person who works at a sales counter.
- An example of a clerk is a secretary.
- An example of a clerk is a person working at a hotel lobby desk.
- a layman who has certain minor duties in a church
- an office worker who keeps records, types letters, does filing, etc.
- an official in charge of the records, accounts, etc. of a school board, court, town, etc.
- ☆ a hotel employee who keeps the register, assigns guests to rooms, etc.
- ☆ a person who sells in a store; salesclerk
- a person who handles mail, etc., as in a post office
- Archaic a clergyman
- Archaic a literate person; scholar
Origin of clerkMiddle English ; from Old French and amp; Old English clerc, both ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin clericus, a priest ; from Ecclesiastical Greek klērikos, a cleric ; from klēros, lot, inheritance (later, from use in Septuagint Deuteronomy 18:2, of the Levites, hence the Christian clergy), origin, originally , a shard used in casting lots ; from Indo-European an unverified form klaro- ; from base an unverified form kel-, to strike from source Old Irish clar, a board, tablet, Classical Latin calamitas, calamity
- A person who works in an office performing such tasks as keeping records, attending to correspondence, or filing.
- a. A person who keeps the records and performs the regular business of a court, legislative body, or municipal district.b. Law A law clerk, as for a judge.
- A person who works at a sales counter or service desk, as at a store or hotel.
- A cleric.
- Archaic A scholar.
intransitive verbclerked, clerk·ing, clerks
Origin of clerkMiddle English, clergyman, secretary, from Old English clerc and Old French clerc, clergyman, both from Late Latin clēricus, from Greek klērikos, belonging to the clergy, from klēros, inheritance, lot.
(third-person singular simple present clerks, present participle clerking, simple past and past participle clerked)
- To act as a clerk, to perform the duties or functions of a clerk
- The law school graduate clerked for the supreme court judge for the summer.
From Middle English clerc, from Old English clerc, from Late Latin clēricus (“a priest, clergyman, cleric, also generally a learned man, clerk”), from Ancient Greek κληρικός (klērikos, “(adj. in church jargon) of the clergy”), from κλῆρος (klēros, “lot, inheritance,” originally “a shard used in casting lots”).
clerk - Legal Definition
- A law student who is employed as an assistant to a lawyer or judge and does legal research; helps with the writing of briefs, opinions, and other legal documents; and performs similar tasks.
- A lawyer, usually a recent graduate of a law school, who is employed as an assistant to a judge and does legal research and helps with case management and the writing of opinions.