Clerk meaning

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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.

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A hotel employee who keeps the register, assigns guests to rooms, etc.
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An official in charge of the records, accounts, etc. of a school board, court, town, etc.
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A person who sells in a store; salesclerk.
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A person who handles mail, etc., as in a post office.
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An office worker who keeps records, types letters, does filing, etc.
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A layman who has certain minor duties in a church.
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One who keeps records or accounts, attends to correspondence, or does other similar duties in an office.
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The court official in charge of some or all of the administrative aspects of the court’s operations, including the filing, processing, and maintenance of court records; preparing summons and other papers that commence a lawsuit, including endorsement or placement of raised seal to signify that the papers are official documents of the court; and entering judgments.
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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.
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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.
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(archaic) In the Church of England, the layman that assists in the church service, especially in reading the responses (also called parish clerk).
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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.

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A person who works in an office performing such tasks as keeping records, attending to correspondence, or filing.
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A person who works at a sales counter or service desk, as at a store or hotel.
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A cleric.
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(archaic) A scholar.
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To work or serve as a clerk.

Clerked in a store; clerks for a judge.

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(archaic) A clergyman.
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(archaic) A literate person; scholar.
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To work or be employed as a clerk, esp. a salesclerk.
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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”).

    From Wiktionary