An example of a clerk is a secretary.
An example of a clerk is a person working at a hotel lobby desk.
The law school graduate clerked for the supreme court judge for the summer.
Clerked in a store; clerks for a judge.
Origin of clerk
- 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
- 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”).