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

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 Judge Lyons sentenced Neanover to 180 days on one cruelty charge and 90 days on the other, a Butler County court clerk said. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Starvation death of Lou the dog sends Butler County man to jail for 180 days," 8 May 2020 New Jersey criminal laws have been used to charge a man who allegedly threatened and then coughed on a grocery-store clerk in Pennsylvania. The Atlantic, "Listen: Things Can Change in an Instant," 5 May 2020 Others worked in support roles, like Louis Torres, 47, the director of food services at a nursing home in Woodside, Queens, and his 73-year-old mother, Lolita, or Lely, a clerk at a nearby hospital. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "“Similar to Times of War”: The Staggering Toll of COVID-19 on Filipino Health Care Workers," 3 May 2020 That toll includes Leilani Jordan, a 27-year-old clerk at a Giant in Maryland, and Wando Evans, a 51-year-old Walmart worker. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "At least 30 grocery store workers have died from the coronavirus. Now, there's an urgent call to designate them as first responders," 15 Apr. 2020 Earlier this week a New Jersey convenience store clerk tried to turn a quick buck by diluting industrial-strength foaming disinfectant into hand wash bottles, sold it, and four kids ended up with chemical burns. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "For the Love of All That Is Good, People, Please Don’t DIY Your Hand Sanitizer," 12 Mar. 2020 Distracted by a person who may or may not have been a customer, a convenience store clerk left the business unattended briefly Sunday evening while a robber grabbed multiple cartons of cigarettes, police said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Robber loads up on cigarettes at East Hartford store," 2 Dec. 2019 The gas station was the scene of another shooting about two months ago, after a store clerk was shot by an armed robber who left the scene before authorities arrived. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange deputies searching for suspect in Pine Hills gas station shooting," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The former law clerks attribute this to the court's collegial character. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The Supreme Court has shunned technology: Could coronavirus change that?," 22 Mar. 2020 The team of four attorneys representing Students for Fair Admissions all clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, a stern critic of affirmative action. BostonGlobe.com, "And the stable percentage of Asian-Americans admitted for years before the lawsuit raised questions about whether Harvard deployed some form of racial quota, barred by the law.," 13 Oct. 2019 Walker worked as a clerk for Kavanaugh during the justice’s tenure on the D.C. Circuit, then clerked for Anthony Kennedy at the Supreme Court. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Amateurs and Yes-Men in Trump’s Army of Judges," 8 Apr. 2020 Neubauer graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Chicago Law School, clerked for a federal district judge and became a litigation partner at Foley & Lardner before being elected to the appeals court. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Appeals Court chief judge Lisa Neubauer facing election challenge from Waukesha County trial judge Paul Bugenhagen," 23 Mar. 2020 Ingraham, while equally outraged by Pelosi’s behavior, is a law school graduate who clerked at the Supreme Court. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration blocks N.Y. residents from traveler programs," 6 Feb. 2020 For law students, clerking for a federal or even state judge has traditionally been a way to fast-track their careers and boost their salaries. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "At Harvard Law, reluctance to apply for clerkships with Trump-appointed judges," 9 Jan. 2020 The letter was circulated by Michele Dauber, a Stanford law professor who clerked for Reinhardt in 1998-99. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "72 former clerks confirm harassment by influential U.S. appeals court judge," 21 Feb. 2020 Philbin, a graduate of Harvard Law School who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is a Cipollone deputy who will also play a big role in Trump’s defense. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Pat Cipollone will lead Trump impeachment defense team as Senate trial set," 14 Jan. 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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Cite this Entry

“Clerk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clerk. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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clerk

noun
How to pronounce clerk (audio) How to pronounce clerk (audio)

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

Other Words from clerk

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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