re·cep·tion·ist | \ ri-ˈsep-sh(ə-)nist \

Definition of receptionist 

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

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The man arrived at the Jewelers Row store when the receptionist was out. Paige Fry And Rosemary Sobol,, "How 2 diamonds worth nearly $160,000 were stolen in plain sight from Jewelers Row," 28 June 2018 According to a police report, Hubel entered the store along Chicago's Jewelers Row district downtown earlier this month while the receptionist was out. Fox News, "Police: Man arrested in Chicago diamond heist struck before," 28 June 2018 His son-in-law found a temp job at a pharmaceutical products company and his daughter found a job as a receptionist. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After surviving Hurricane Maria, families left Puerto Rico and found homes in Milwaukee," 7 June 2018 At the time, Crooks was a receptionist at a real estate firm in the building. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "Meet 19 women who claim affairs with Trump or accuse him of unwanted advances," 20 Mar. 2018 Shots were reported at the school about 9:20 a.m., said Jackie Chatterton, the receptionist for Noblesville Schools. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Noblesville middle school shooting: 1 injured, shooter in custody," 25 May 2018 While Chinese was hardly spoken in the region 50 years ago, the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin’s website now displays Chinese characters and receptionists at some growers speak Mandarin when answering phone calls. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "Chinese Tariffs Take Root in American Ginseng," 25 Apr. 2018 Chappelle shared with the station video of his interaction with the front desk receptionist who turned him and Thomas away. Detroit Free Press, "Homeless man given free hotel room for a month after he was turned away," 3 Jan. 2018 According to the information, Suhanov was the receptionist of American Pain Management, a pain management clinic located in Tamarac. Juan Ortega,, "A look at South Floridians charged in health care fraud, opioid crackdown," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of receptionist

1901, in the meaning defined above

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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.


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Kids Definition of receptionist

: an office employee who deals with callers or visitors

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