re·​cep·​tion·​ist ri-ˈsep-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce receptionist (audio)
: a person employed to greet telephone callers, visitors, patients, or clients

Examples of receptionist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Per The Cut, Jane has also worked as a receptionist and a bank teller. Adam England, Peoplemag, 19 May 2024 Growing up in Los Angeles, Kim’s dad was a doctor with a small practice, and his mom, Sheena, did everything else as both back office wizard and front desk receptionist. Allie Garfinkle, Fortune, 10 May 2024 Lolita is the office receptionist in the Wall Street office of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2024 In February 2022, Shirley Noble was fired from her receptionist job at the Covenant Woods Retirement Community in Columbus, according to a lawsuit filed in a district court by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for receptionist 

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of receptionist was in 1901

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“Receptionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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re·​cep·​tion·​ist ri-ˈsep-sh(ə-)nəst How to pronounce receptionist (audio)
: an office employee who greets callers, answers questions, and arranges appointments

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