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

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Audrina accompanies Sean Kingston on a press day (Season 3/Episode 14) A promotion from receptionist to label rep meant more interaction with artists for Audrina (and MTV's cameras) during Season 3. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "'The Hills' Best Music Moments: Lady Gaga, Brandy, Ryan Cabrera & More," 24 June 2019 Carl Robinson walked into Williams Medical Clinic in Potts Camp on Tuesday morning where Latoya Thompson was working at the front desk as a receptionist and shot her, Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Mississippi candidate for state House shoots wife at her job, then kills himself, police say," 18 July 2019 The noise usually abated around 11 p.m., the receptionist said. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "Oyo Has Remade India’s Hotel Business. Now It Is Going Global.," 23 June 2019 As more than 50 people whipped out cellphones, the lines to the lone receptionist, also greeting the in-person visitors, jammed. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "State calls new rules 'Gateway to Work.' Activists call them a 'poverty trap.'," 1 July 2019 Danny Defenbaugh, a longtime FBI supervisor in Dallas who now runs a security and investigative firm, said the one person who's most important for security is the receptionist, who will be the first to come into contact with a potential threat. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas’ ‘lone wolf’ shooting shows how we’re always in danger, even with improved security," 22 June 2019 That means a two-bedroom home or apartment is unaffordable for most full-time employees working as receptionists, security guards, construction workers, customer service representatives and medical assistants. Alden Woods, azcentral, "You need to work 71 hours a week to afford a 2-bedroom home in Arizona, a new report says," 19 June 2019 After the accuracy test, according to Callanen, Brehm and her friends refused to leave, sitting a few feet away from the receptionist, watching people who entered the building and overhearing office conversations. Gilbert Garcia,, "Elections administrator on GOP chair: ‘She was out of control’," 12 June 2019 The East Hartford native has worked as a receptionist and legal assistant and said her goal is to land a good job that will support her family. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Skills Academy meant to boost career prospects for East Hartford residents," 13 June 2019

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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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