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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That forces players to split their time between soccer and a second job to survive, said Potassa, who is also a receptionist at a local college. Debora Rey, The Seattle Times, "Argentine women fight against inequality in soccer," 7 Nov. 2018 That, to me, is the most disturbing piece of this week’s news — that people inside the company thought that a demo of advanced A.I. fooling an unwitting human receptionist would be greeted with universal praise. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Kevin’s Week in Tech: Are Google’s A.I.-Powered Phone Calls Cool, Creepy, or Both?," 11 May 2018 Lentz has previously stated that the fire department has 33 employees, a number which also includes a receptionist who doesn’t respond to incidents. Rick Kambic,, "Mundelein spent more than $800,000 on firefighter overtime last year, well above nearby agencies," 2 Apr. 2018 Three of the passengers — veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her boyfriend and car salesman Stuart Hill, 30; and Hill’s brother, 32-year-old lawyer Jason Hill — died at the crash site. Washington Post, "Tourist’s parents file lawsuit in Grand Canyon copter crash," 7 Mar. 2018 Disturbance, Wilson Mills Road: The staff at a doctor's office reported March 21 that a former patient called the office and yelled at the receptionist. Andy Attina /,, "Resident threatened on property by daughter's former roommate: Mayfield Village Police Blotter," 28 Oct. 2017 Nyapal Gatkuoth, 23 years old, worked in customer service and as a receptionist, coding on the side, before enrolling at Make School. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "College and Coding Boot Camp Find a Way to Team Up," 30 Sep. 2018 Support staff— receptionists, schedulers, community health educators, even a hospital data analyst—stayed for a crash course in birth control to stamp out hearsay with medically accurate information. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The IUD Vs. The World," 28 June 2018 To the left of the entrance, three of Park East's seven receptionists, called client service specialists, sit behind the desk: Marianna, Chantal, Terry, Mary, Janelle, Jill, Sarah. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Park Avenue's Pet Whisperer," 3 Sep. 2014

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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.


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

Kids Definition of receptionist

: an office employee who deals with callers or visitors

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