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clerk

noun \ ˈklərk , British usually ˈklärk \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of clerk

1 : cleric
2 archaic : scholar
3 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
  • a law 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

clerkship

play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of clerk in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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clerk

verb

Definition of clerk

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

Recent Examples of clerk from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of clerk

see 1clerk



CLERK Defined for English Language Learners

clerk

noun

Definition of clerk for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of clerk for English Language Learners

  • : to work as a clerk


CLERK Defined for Kids

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clerk

noun \ ˈklərk \

Definition of clerk for Students

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

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clerk

verb

Definition of clerk for Students

clerked; clerking
: to act or work as a clerk

Medical Dictionary

clerk

noun \ ˈklərk \

medical Definition of clerk

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

clerk

intransitive verb

Law Dictionary

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clerk

noun

legal Definition of clerk

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
2 a : 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

clerkship

noun

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clerk

intransitive verb

legal Definition of clerk

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


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