clerk

noun
\ ˈklərk How to pronounce clerk (audio) , British usually ˈklärk How to pronounce clerk (audio) \

Definition of clerk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : cleric
2 archaic : scholar
3a : 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 a bank clerk
c : one who works at a sales or service counter a store clerk a grocery clerk
d : a person (such as a law school graduate) who provides a judge, magistrate, or lawyer with assistance in such matters as research, writing, and analysis : law clerk

clerk

verb
clerked; clerking; clerks

Definition of clerk (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to act or work as a clerk clerked for a court judge

Other Words from clerk

Noun

clerkship \ ˈklərk-​ˌship How to pronounce clerk (audio) , British usually  ˈklärk-​ \ noun

Synonyms for clerk

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of clerk in a Sentence

Noun Have the court clerk file your request with the judge. He works as a clerk in a local pet store. a sales clerk at a women's clothing store
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Coury was picked to lead the department two years ago, overseeing the sheriff’s department, the medical examiner, clerk of courts and Consumer Affairs Department. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 6 May 2022 Former Justice Antonin Scalia clerk and vice-dean at the NYU School of Law, Rachel Barkow, doesn't think so. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 6 May 2022 Sweeney Bell won the party's endorsement as the only clerk candidate to seek it this year. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, 3 May 2022 Jackson has checked many of the same boxes on her career path as her future colleagues: Harvard Law School, Supreme Court clerk, federal appeals judge. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 That’s where bright, resourceful MI5 clerk Jean Leslie (Kelly Macdonald) comes in. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Apr. 2022 The night clerk and one of the card players managed to make it out of the hotel. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2022 The other fisherman was law clerk Daniel Strunk of the Vati tribe and, well, that didn’t work out so well. al, 6 Apr. 2022 Roughly 50 miles south, another Days Inn clerk suffered the same fate. Sarah Nelson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Columbus Days Inn clerk who escaped her attacker described him as about 6 feet tall with greasy hair and a beard spotted with gray. Staff, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Apr. 2022 Deputies were searching for a man who threatened a Lemon Grove gas station clerk with a knife and stole several California Lottery Scratchers Tuesday afternoon, sheriff’s officials said. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2022 The findings also say that Morgan gave the law clerk unwanted shoulder rubs, which continued even after the woman asked him to stop. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Jan. 2022 The first hardware man, dealer in fancy articles, clerk in a department store, or pawnbroker would have sold me a revolver and asked no questions. Ian Buruma, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 Someone was robbing convenience stores and cafés late at night, when there was often just one waitress or clerk working a shift, and then, sometimes, raping and killing the only apparent witness. Ryan Katz, The New Yorker, 3 Jan. 2022 At a recent news conference in Wisconsin, Kathleen Bernier, a GOP state senator and former elections clerk, denounced her party’s efforts to seize control of the election process. Nicholas Riccardi, ajc, 30 Dec. 2021 At a recent news conference in Wisconsin, Kathleen Bernier, a GOP state senator and former elections clerk, denounced her party’s efforts to seize control of the election process. Nicholas Riccardi, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Dec. 2021 The groups named as defendants every state court trial judge and clerk in Texas, three state boards, the attorney general and the director of Right to Life East Texas, who threatened to sue under the law. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 2 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of clerk

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1551, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clerk

Noun and Verb

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

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“Clerk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clerk. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for clerk

clerk

noun
\ ˈklərk How to pronounce clerk (audio) \

Kids Definition of clerk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

clerk

verb
clerked; clerking

Kids Definition of clerk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act or work as a clerk

clerk

noun
\ ˈklərk How to pronounce clerk (audio) \

Medical Definition of clerk

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

Other Words from clerk

clerk intransitive verb

clerk

noun

Legal Definition of clerk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an official responsible (as to a court) for correspondence, records, and accounts and having specified powers or authority (as to issue writs) a city clerk clerk of court
2a : a person employed to keep records or accounts or to perform general office work
b : a person (as a law student or graduate) employed by an attorney or judge to assist with case-related tasks (as research) — compare paralegal

Other Words from clerk

clerkship noun

clerk

intransitive verb

Legal Definition of clerk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act or work as a clerk clerked for a Supreme Court justice

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