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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One quick-thinking clerk saved an 1819 silver inkstand, the oldest object in the legislative chamber. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Curators Seek $25,000 to Repair Artworks Damaged in U.S. Capitol Attack," 27 Feb. 2021 Kelsey Horton, a sophomore at the University of North Texas, relies on her paycheck as a front desk clerk at the school’s Honors Hall. Valeria Olivares, Dallas News, "Texas college students struggle with bills after winter storm disrupted campus jobs," 25 Feb. 2021 La Mesa City Clerk Megan Wiegelman is the board’s clerk. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa readying to launch community choice power program," 24 Feb. 2021 Henyard is running on a ticket that includes Alison Key for clerk and incumbent Jason House, Kevin Boens and Kiana Belcher trustee. Jeff Vorva, chicagotribune.com, "Dolton Trustee Tiffany Henyard holds slight lead over incumbent Riley Rogers in mayoral primary," 24 Feb. 2021 His next court date is scheduled for March 29, a records clerk confirmed. Washington Post, "Ex-officer threatened to put a bullet in 11-year-old’s head over doorbell prank, police say," 24 Feb. 2021 The Committee to Stop the Steal was set up as a political nonprofit just weeks before the 2020 election, with papers signed by a young law clerk from a California firm with links to Stone. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, "Funding behind 'Stop the Steal' movement shrouded in mystery," 24 Feb. 2021 Quick thinking by a journal clerk secured the House's 1819 silver inkstand, the oldest object in the Chamber. Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News, "More than $30 million needed for Capitol repairs and new security after assault, officials say," 24 Feb. 2021 Books can be dropped off at the jail clerk's window at the Sheriff's Office, according to the post. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, "Benton County sheriff seeks to replace books jail staff discarded," 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jimmy also knows from the gas station clerk that Michael was there and erased the surveillance footage. Scott Tobias, Vulture, "Your Honor Recap: Unknown Caller," 3 Jan. 2021 Elections clerk Eileen Deliz said the unexpected incident delivered a bunch of smiles to the election workers. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Curbside voting, labor at the polls, mask billboards: News from around our 50 states," 2 Nov. 2020 The local elections clerk has formed a joint legal and law enforcement task force to monitor social media and respond to reports of voter intimidation or suppression, most of which have not been substantiated so far. Los Angeles Times, "How embattled police plan to guard polls on election day," 31 Oct. 2020 The second ad from the Judicial Crisis Network features Laura Wolk, who is the first blind woman to clerk at the Supreme Court. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Conservative groups launch grassroots effort to boost support for Barrett as confirmation hearing gets underway," 11 Oct. 2020 Barrett is a former Antonin Scalia clerk who often praises him as her judicial role model. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The White House Coronavirus Outbreak Won’t Stop the Barrett Confirmation," 8 Oct. 2020 Carlos Barrios, clerk craft director at the USPS San Antonio Processing and Distribution Center, said the new Postal Service cuts have caused substantial delays. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Postal Service sorting machines ‘thrown in the trash’," 17 Aug. 2020 The city elections clerk on Saturday sent poll workers to every city park to register voters and accept absentee ballots. Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin Republican Party doesn’t want any Bucks or Brewers players or mascots to early vote at their stadiums," 30 Sep. 2020 Stephanie Goodwin is the reservations clerk at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, Sonoma County’s largest public hall. Nanette Asimov, SFChronicle.com, "As thousands flee the Glass Fire and relatives go missing, an angel emerges," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of clerk was before the 12th century

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“Clerk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clerk. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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clerk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clerk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

clerk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clerk (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to work as a 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

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clerk intransitive verb

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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

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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