Date: 1000-1100
Language: Old French
Origin: clerc 'man in a religious order, scholar, man who keeps records', from Late Latin clericus, from Late Greek klerikos, from Greek kleros 'what you receive in life'; because the Bible says that priests will receive things only from God


1 noun
clerk1 [countable]
1 someone who keeps records or accounts in an office:
a clerk in a commercial firm
2BO American English someone whose job is to help people in a shop:
the clerk in the shoe store
3 American EnglishBODLT someone whose job is to help people when they arrive at and leave a hotel:
Leave the keys with the desk clerk.
4PGO an official in charge of the records of a court, town council etc
5RRC old use a priest in the Church of England


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