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Meaning of CLERK

Pronunciation:  klurk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts)
  2. [n]  a salesperson in a store
  3. [v]  work as a clerk, as in the legal business

CLERK is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: salesclerk, shop clerk
 See Also: desk clerk, employee, file clerk, filer, filing clerk, hotel clerk, hotel desk clerk, mail clerk, mapper, pencil pusher, penpusher, plotter, postal clerk, salesperson, settler, shipping clerk, sorter, tally clerk, tallyman, timekeeper, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Clerk\ (?; in Eng. ?; 277), n. [Either OF. clerc, fr. L.
clericus a priest, or AS. clerc, cleric, clerk, priest, fr.
L. clericus, fr. Gr. ? belonging to the clergy, fr. ? lot,
allotment, clergy; cf. Deut. xviii. 2. Cf. {Clergy}.]
1. A clergyman or ecclesiastic. [Obs.]

         All persons were styled clerks that served in the
         church of Christ.                     --Ayliffe.

2. A man who could read; a scholar; a learned person; a man
   of letters. [Obs.] ``Every one that could read . . . being
   accounted a clerk.'' --Blackstone.

         He was no great clerk, but he was perfectly well
         versed in the interests of Europe.    --Burke.

3. A parish officer, being a layman who leads in reading the
   responses of the Episcopal church service, and otherwise
   assists in it. [Eng.] --Hook.

         And like unlettered clerk still cry ``Amen''.

4. One employed to keep records or accounts; a scribe; an
   accountant; as, the clerk of a court; a town clerk.

         The clerk of the crown . . . withdrew the bill.

Note: In some cases, clerk is synonymous with secretary. A
      clerk is always an officer subordinate to a higher
      officer, board, corporation, or person; whereas a
      secretary may be either a subordinate or the head of an
      office or department.

5. An assistant in a shop or store. [U. S.]

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