Variant of clerk
- 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
☆ to work or be employed as a clerk, esp. a salesclerk