re·​cep·​tion·​ist | \ ri-ˈsep-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce receptionist (audio) \

Definition of receptionist

: a person employed to greet telephone callers, visitors, patients, or clients

Examples of receptionist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of them is Danila Merejildo, 29, a receptionist at a radiology facility, who when contacted late in September had deleted her dating apps the previous day. New York Times, "Seeking a Partner for the End of the World," 6 Oct. 2020 And Shelton, a single mother, lost her receptionist job amid the pandemic. Arkansas Online, "NYC elementary schools reopen in big back-to-school test," 29 Sep. 2020 After gunning down a receptionist, the two brothers reached the second floor, where reporters and cartoonists were holding their weekly editorial meeting. Sam Schechner And Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Paris Knife Attack Near Former Charlie Hebdo Office Is Probed as Terrorism," 25 Sep. 2020 Then one day Haid answered a random call the receptionist would usually pick up. Janelle Jessen, Arkansas Online, "Beauty in pieces: Artist brings mosaic work to life," 17 Sep. 2020 There were five people present in the shop during my appointment: two artists, their clients, and a receptionist. Aimee Simeon,, "I Got A Post-Quarantine Tattoo — Here’s Everything You Need To Know," 27 Aug. 2020 Today, after checking in inside – where you and the receptionist are separated by a plastic barrier – you are asked to wait in your car until your dentist is ready to see you. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "People are putting off going to the dentist. But your dentist wants you back and has put precautions in place.," 18 Aug. 2020 Their first hire was filmmaker and writer Petrine Day Mitchum, daughter of famed screen actor Robert Mitchum, who worked as a receptionist. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Bobby Engel, President and Owner of Variety Artists, Dies at 73," 2 Sep. 2020 Along with serving in WWII, Ferguson served as a receptionist in the White House during the term of President Franklin Roosevelt and set up security for what is now called Camp David. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Marine’s wife receives award created by local WWII veteran," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of receptionist

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Receptionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of receptionist

: a person whose job is to deal with the people who call or enter an office, hotel, etc.


re·​cep·​tion·​ist | \ ri-ˈsep-shə-nist How to pronounce receptionist (audio) \

Kids Definition of receptionist

: an office employee who deals with callers or visitors

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