clerk

noun
\ ˈklərk How to pronounce clerk (audio) , British usually ˈklärk How to pronounce clerk (audio) \

Definition of clerk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : cleric
2 archaic : scholar
3a : an official responsible (as to a government agency) for correspondence, records, and accounts and vested with specified powers or authority (as to issue writs as ordered by a court) city clerk
b : one employed to keep records or accounts or to perform general office work a bank clerk
c : one who works at a sales or service counter a store clerk a grocery clerk
d : a person (such as a law school graduate) who provides a judge, magistrate, or lawyer with assistance in such matters as research, writing, and analysis : law clerk

clerk

verb
clerked; clerking; clerks

Definition of clerk (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to act or work as a clerk clerked for a court judge

Other Words from clerk

Noun

clerkship \ ˈklərk-​ˌship How to pronounce clerk (audio) , British usually  ˈklärk-​ \ noun

Synonyms for clerk

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of clerk in a Sentence

Noun Have the court clerk file your request with the judge. He works as a clerk in a local pet store. a sales clerk at a women's clothing store
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jambois said alternates were designated by picking numbers from a tumbler but the clerk of courts pulled the numbers from it, not Jensen. Scott Bauer, Time, 16 Nov. 2021 On Tuesday, when the Salt Lake County clerk included the final votes left to be counted, Zoltanski received just eight more votes and Bennett received 20. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Nov. 2021 The clerk did not resist, and the robber took cash from the register, police said. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2021 The county clerk tabulated most early-voting results on election night and finalized the following day, according to the statement. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021 The clerk's office also was required to provide all emails and internet addresses that Burcroff's campaign committee used when electronically filing the campaign documents. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, 26 Oct. 2021 Prager obtained a copy of a law clerk's pivotal memo that helped tip the scales in favor of saving the Roe precedent. Richard Galant, CNN, 26 Sep. 2021 The Quorum Court declared the sheriff's position vacant on Aug. 16 and then appointed Damante to fill the position, the county clerk's office stated. Thomas Saccente, Arkansas Online, 6 Sep. 2021 According to clerk's notes of the trial, Anderson twice asked Waushara County Circuit Judge Guy Dutcher to declare a mistrial, and also tried to withdraw from the case. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The groups named as defendants every state court trial judge and clerk in Texas, three state boards, the attorney general and the director of Right to Life East Texas, who threatened to sue under the law. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 2 Sep. 2021 Owner Claudine Parker is killed and clerk Kellie Adams is seriously injured. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 27 July 2021 Today, experts said, that includes touch DNA, the genetic material a suspect leaves behind in skin cells on a gun barrel, steering wheel or clerk’s shirt. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 More than 3,000 law school graduates of the class of 2019 were hired to clerk for judges. NBC News, 4 July 2021 Octavia Monique Green, 32, had been employed as a commercial litigator for a practice in Miami when she was selected in May 2020 to clerk for Judge Rodney Smith of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. NBC News, 4 July 2021 The ballots and scanned ballot images are in the custody of the county courts clerk and are kept under seal. Kate Brumback, ajc, 21 June 2021 The ballots and scanned ballot images are in the custody of the county courts clerk and are kept under seal. Kate Brumback, Star Tribune, 21 June 2021 The son of a San Francisco lawyer, Breyer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1964 before heading off to clerk for Justice Arthur J. Goldberg. BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2021

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First Known Use of clerk

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1551, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clerk

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French clerk & Old English cleric, clerc, both from Late Latin clericus, from Late Greek klērikos, from Greek klēros lot, inheritance (in allusion to Deuteronomy 18:2), stick of wood; akin to Greek klan to break — more at clast

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clerk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clerk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person whose job is to keep track of records and documents for a business or office
: an elected or appointed official whose job is to take care of official papers and business for a court or government
: a person who works in a store

clerk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clerk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work as a clerk

clerk

noun
\ ˈklərk How to pronounce clerk (audio) \

Kids Definition of clerk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person whose job is to keep records or accounts
2 : a salesperson in a store

clerk

verb
clerked; clerking

Kids Definition of clerk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act or work as a clerk

clerk

noun
\ ˈklərk How to pronounce clerk (audio) \

Medical Definition of clerk

: a third- or fourth-year medical student undergoing clinical training in a clerkship

Other Words from clerk

clerk intransitive verb

clerk

noun

Legal Definition of clerk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an official responsible (as to a court) for correspondence, records, and accounts and having specified powers or authority (as to issue writs) a city clerk clerk of court
2a : a person employed to keep records or accounts or to perform general office work
b : a person (as a law student or graduate) employed by an attorney or judge to assist with case-related tasks (as research) — compare paralegal

Other Words from clerk

clerkship noun

clerk

intransitive verb

Legal Definition of clerk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act or work as a clerk clerked for a Supreme Court justice

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