noun \ˈklərk, British usually ˈklärk\

: a person whose job is to keep track of records and documents for a business or office

: an elected or appointed official whose job is to take care of official papers and business for a court or government

: a person who works in a store

Full Definition of CLERK

:  cleric
archaic :  scholar
a :  an official responsible (as to a government agency) for correspondence, records, and accounts and vested with specified powers or authority (as to issue writs as ordered by a court) <city clerk>
b :  one employed to keep records or accounts or to perform general office work
c :  one who works at a sales or service counter
clerk·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of CLERK

  1. Have the court clerk file your request with the judge.
  2. He works as a clerk in a local pet store.
  3. a sales clerk at a women's clothing store

Origin of CLERK

Middle English, from Anglo-French clerk & Old English cleric, clerc, both from Late Latin clericus, from Late Greek klērikos, from Greek klēros lot, inheritance (in allusion to Deuteronomy 18:2), stick of wood; akin to Greek klan to break — more at clast
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Job Terms

factotum, milliner, ostler, scrivener, tinker, webster, wordsmith



: to work as a clerk

Full Definition of CLERK

intransitive verb
:  to act or work as a clerk

First Known Use of CLERK

CLERKSHIP Defined for Kids


noun \ˈklərk\

Definition of CLERK for Kids

:  a person whose job is to keep records or accounts
:  a salesperson in a store



Definition of CLERK for Kids

:  to act or work as a clerk
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈklərk\

Medical Definition of CLERK

:  a third- or fourth-year medical student undergoing clinical training in a clerkship
clerk intransitive verb


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