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Definition of "clerk" []

  • A person who works in an office performing such tasks as keeping records, attending to correspondence, or filing. (noun)
  • A person who keeps the records and performs the regular business of a court, legislative body, or municipal district. (noun)
  • Law A law clerk, as for a judge. (noun)
  • A person who works at a sales counter or service desk, as at a store or hotel. (noun)
  • A cleric. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "clerk" in a sentence
  • "Disturbed by these losses, whenever for the future he had a mind to purchase an estate for himself, he gave the original writings to his principal clerk, who made a correct transcript of them; this transcript was then handed to Sir Anthony, and five guineas (his fee) along with it, which was regularly _charged to him by the clerk_."
  • "In England in medieval times the term clerk acquired in common parlance the significance of an educated man."
  • ""It's like someone died," said Melissa Mattero, 37, the title clerk, who handles the paperwork on completed sales."