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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Periscope receptionist Devra Bourne, 50, had her mother join her behind the front desk. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "Cornering Your Boss, Snapping Pictures at Your Desk: It’s Take Your Parents to Work Day," 12 Nov. 2018 Roberts said in the past the company asked receptionists to do a morning check; this is easier. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Is this robot really going to replace a security guard?," 8 Oct. 2018 In January 2005, Terri left school and took an important step toward accepting her blindness, working as a receptionist at the Society for the Blind in Sacramento. Peg Rosen, Good Housekeeping, "Blindness Can't Stop Me from Living the Life I Want to Live," 14 Sep. 2018 Visitors have to press a button to buzz the office, where a receptionist will look through a video intercom before deciding whether to let them in. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 Twenty-one miles away, the receptionist walked over to Aileen Wedvik’s office and told her that Kenyon Stewart had just called. Bonnie Jo Mount, Washington Post, "Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 31 May 2018 The audience, similarly, is meant to cringe in pre-emptive horror when Renee applies for a receptionist job usually reserved for aspiring models. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "When Beauty Is a Troll," 22 Apr. 2018 In the movie, Renee embarks on a receptionist job at an elite makeup company that is launching an inexpensive line for the average consumer. Kt Hawbaker,, "Amy Schumer and Aidy Bryant want 'I Feel Pretty' to spark a body revolution," 19 Apr. 2018 In 2015, a landscape supplies and waste-to-energy company offered him a full-time job as a receptionist. New York Times, "Disability Applications Plunge as the Economy Strengthens," 19 June 2018

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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.


re·​cep·​tion·​ist | \ri-ˈsep-shə-nist \

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: an office employee who deals with callers or visitors

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