clerk

noun
\ˈklərk, British usually ˈklärk \

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 \-​ˌship \ noun

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

The device from Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Nebraska, is essentially a networked high-speed scanner like those used for scanning standardized-test sheets, usually run on a network at the county clerk's office. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Defcon Voting Village report: Bug in one system could “flip Electoral College”," 27 Sep. 2018 Cygan started with the company as a parking lot cart clerk at age 17 and rose through the ranks. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Jewel-Osco President Doug Cygan dead at 55," 5 July 2018 The case stems from the firing of Jennifer Webb, a courtesy clerk at a Raley’s store in Chico who had been scheduled to work a Wednesday night shift the evening before Thanksgiving 2014. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "Raley's will pay clerk who said late shift before Thanksgiving was religious discrimination," 28 June 2018 Brent Arancio, a clerk at America’s Best Value Inn in SeaTac, turned away a 25-year-old Ohio man and his girlfriend late on June 15 because there were no available rooms to rent. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Charges detail fatal shooting, robbery of SeaTac motel clerk," 26 June 2018 Taz Melven, a clerk at the hotel, said the shooting, in the parking area near the apartments, was captured on a hotel security camera. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Shooting in Spenard parking lot leaves one person dead," 15 June 2018 Nate Chute/IndyStar Dollar General is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction in the fatal shooting of a clerk at a northeast side store last month, Fox59 reported. Indianapolis Star, "Reward offered for info leading to arrest in fatal shooting of Dollar General clerk," 12 June 2018 The move comes after a former clerk at the school, Katherine Mastrianni, sent a letter to the school district in April accusing Cendan and her family members of running a side business at the school. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Principal, under investigation by district, abruptly steps down," 8 June 2018 Futoshi Takami, who works in Japan as a clerk at an electronics store, sent out at tweet that hit on much of what hundreds of other touched on. Stephen Wade And Yuri Kageyama, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ichiro, Japan's baseball hero, begins his long 'Sayonara'," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Maybe another woman studied her ass off, made law review, and was a finalist to clerk at the Supreme Court—but was told nah, not this time, we like this other guy, whose parents both went to law school and whose mom is also a judge. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "On Boys Being Boys: In What World Can We Forgive a Few High School Indiscretions?," 19 Sep. 2018 The 51-year-old judge earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Michigan, and, like Kavanaugh, once clerked for Justice Kennedy. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Trump's Supreme Court Pick May Come From This List. Here's Where They Stand on Women's Issues.," 9 July 2018 Barrett had been a favorite of grassroots conservatives as a young female with strong religious views who honed her judicial philosophy clerking for Antonin Scalia. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Barrett passed over for high court, but Donnelly still faces tough choice," 9 July 2018 The President dwelled on Kavanaugh’s Ivy League credentials, which were a focus of Trump’s during the selection process, and the fact that, like Gorsuch, Kavanaugh had also clerked for Justice Kennedy. Brian Bennett, Time, "How President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Change the U.S.," 10 July 2018 More than 40 of his law clerks have later clerked on the Supreme Court, working for justices across the ideological divide. Author: Greg Stohr And Andrew Harris, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is a Washington insider and regulation skeptic," 10 July 2018 The 53-year-old judge, who clerked for Justice Kennedy, arrives with a stellar reputation among conservatives, and gives Republicans the potential to change the balance of the court for years to come, reports CBS News' Jan Crawford. CBS News, "Brett Kavanaugh's views on presidential power could become focus with ongoing Russia probe," 10 July 2018 The White House repeated this tactic after Gorsuch was nominated, informing the media that the runners up were appellate judges Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, both of whom clerked for Kennedy as well. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Anthony Kennedy Strategy Was Calculated, With None of His Trademark Chaos," 29 June 2018 Raymond Kethledge Kethledge, a circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, clerked for Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Kennedy retirement kicks speculation over Supreme Court replacement into high gear," 27 June 2018

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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

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

Verb

see clerk entry 1

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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)

: to work as a clerk

clerk

noun
\ˈklərk \

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 \

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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