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

The union representing California cashiers, stockers and clerks at more than 500 stores declared victory on Thursday. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "47,000 grocery workers in California avert a strike with new contracts," 12 Sep. 2019 The calendars, released to The Associated Press after a public records request, also show the Democrat interviewing candidates for positions including a tree trimmer, utility workers in training and a substitute clerk. BostonGlobe.com, "Elorza’s calendars list interviews with two crossing guard candidates in March. The calendars, released to The Associated Press after a public records request, also show the Democrat interviewing candidates for positions including a tree trimmer, utility workers in training and a substitute clerk.," 12 Sep. 2019 For a village like Talustusan, having its own priest — particularly an American one — meant a financial boost, with donations to rebuild the chapel, and jobs as drivers and clerks. Washington Post, "Ex-clergyman says US priest in Philippines a known pedophile," 10 Sep. 2019 In New Hampshire a court clerk fills out the information about a couple's race. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Couples were asked to tell their race for a Virginia marriage license. Now they're suing.," 7 Sep. 2019 The series depicts Eli Cohen’s transformation from office clerk to Mossad operative to Syrian political power-player in a daring tale of espionage that plays more like something out of a James Bond thriller than a history book. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "The True Story Behind the Netflix Series The Spy," 5 Sep. 2019 Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said the store's clerk tried to restrain Tilian and the two got into an altercation. Fox News, "Nebraska woman with concealed-carry permit arrested on assault charge after shooting fleeing shoplifting suspect," 31 Aug. 2019 In his ruling last year, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel said a jail clerk wrongly listed the Lexington County Sheriff's Office as the arresting agency in the drug case. CBS News, "Lawsuit over faulty background check on Charleston shooter allowed to proceed," 30 Aug. 2019 But even that could be difficult, according to Martyn Atkins, a parliamentary clerk. Robert Hutton, Fortune, "Boris Johnson To Suspend Parliament Over Brexit Vote," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hunsaker had clerked for 9th Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, whose seat she’s now nominated to fill. oregonlive, "President Trump nominates Washington County’s presiding judge to fill vacancy on federal appeals court," 29 Aug. 2019 Christopher Wray, who once clerked for Luttig, is now the head of the FBI; in that role, Wray oversees the agents who are interviewing Boeing engineers. Los Angeles Times, "Boeing has friends in high places as it nears a showdown over the 737 Max," 22 July 2019 President Trump is replacing a Republican appointee for whom Kavanaugh clerked and has apparently also been Kavanaugh’s champion through the president’s nominating process. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems face big loss, big opportunity with Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 Only one, Kim Jackson, clerked for him before his appointment to the court. Fox News, "Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Kavanaugh helped boost number of female law clerks on court," 9 June 2019 The law clerks for federal judges are the best and brightest graduates of American law schools. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018 The law clerks for federal judges are the best and brightest graduates of American law school. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Brett Kavanaugh's Opening Statement at Today's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 Kavanaugh, a conservative federal judge who previously served in the administration of George W. Bush, has been tapped to replace Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, a longtime swing vote for whom Kavanaugh once clerked. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Here's What the Key Senators Think About Brett Kavanaugh Right Now," 10 July 2018 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

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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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