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 clerkship (audio) , British usually  ˈklärk-​ \ noun

Synonyms for clerk

Synonyms: Noun

register, registrar, scribe, secretary

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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

Callie will likely continue to work as a law clerk while Mariana will continue at Spekculate. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Good Trouble" Season 2," 5 Feb. 2019 Like Trump’s first Supreme Court selection, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh is a former law clerk for Kennedy. Author: Greg Stohr And Andrew Harris, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is a Washington insider and regulation skeptic," 10 July 2018 Kavanaugh, 53, is a former law clerk to Kennedy, as was Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, who succeeded Antonin Scalia. NBC News, "Trump fans speculation ahead of prime-time Supreme Court announcement," 9 July 2018 Miss Gash is a clerk at the Kansas City Museum, where a Centennial gun exhibit owned by M.W. Pehl, 2002 East Fortieth street, will open Saturday. kansascity, "A Kansas City Museum clerk examines a Civil War-era revolver," 20 June 2018 Amy Coney Barrett Amy Coney Barrett, 46, is a former law clerk to Scalia and was appointed to serve on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals by Trump last year. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Trump Has Reportedly Narrowed His Supreme Court List to 3 Finalists. Here's What to Know About Them," 9 June 2018 Smith will be the interim clerk until the person elected in November takes office. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Macomb judges name long-time employee Kathy Smith interim county clerk," 7 May 2018 Dallet is a former clerk for federal Magistrate Judge Aaron Goodstein in Milwaukee. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court race, referendum on eliminating state treasurer and key local races on Tuesday ballots," 2 Apr. 2018 His grandfather was a bellman at the Ahwahnee, now known as the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, and his grandmother was a store clerk. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "New Yosemite leader Michael Reynolds faces challenges in valley he knows well," 1 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who clerked for Kennedy and who currently sits on the U.S. court of appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court, emphasized in his remarks accepting the nomination the importance of judicial independence. Alana Abramson, Time, "President Trump Names New Supreme Court Justice," 10 July 2018 Although generally conservative, Justice Kennedy—for whom Judge Kavanaugh once clerked—joined liberals in several high-profile areas, including expansion of gay rights and limitations on capital punishment. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Opens New Term Without Ninth Justice in Place," 30 Sep. 2018 Kethledge also was sworn in as a member of the Sixth Court of Appeals at U-M. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Kethledge clerked, attended and spoke at the event. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Possible Supreme Court pick Kethledge's ties to University of Michigan," 9 July 2018 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

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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

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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