Clerk Definition

klûrk
clerks
noun
clerks
A layman who has certain minor duties in a church.
Webster's New World
An office worker who keeps records, types letters, does filing, etc.
Webster's New World
An official in charge of the records, accounts, etc. of a school board, court, town, etc.
Webster's New World
A law clerk, as for a judge.
American Heritage
A hotel employee who keeps the register, assigns guests to rooms, etc.
Webster's New World
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verb
To work or be employed as a clerk, esp. a salesclerk.
Webster's New World
other
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.
Webster's New World Law
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.
Webster's New World Law

Other Word Forms of Clerk

Noun

Singular:
clerk
Plural:
clerks

Origin of Clerk

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English clergyman, secretary from Old English clerc Old French clerc clergyman both from Late Latin clēricus from Greek klērikos belonging to the clergy from klēros inheritance, lot

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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