- The definition of a receptionist is a person who works at an office who greets visitors, answers the phones, routes calls and takes messages.
A person in an office who sits at the front desk of a law office, greets clients, answers phones and connects phone calls to the lawyers and other legal staff is an example of a receptionist.
A receptionist greets a businesswoman.
(countable and uncountable, plural receptionists)
Recorded since 1901, derived from reception (itself from Latin receptiÅ (â€œthe act of receiving; receptionâ€), from receptus, the perfect passive participle of recipiÅ (â€œreceiveâ€)) + -ist.