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clerk

[ klurk; British klahrk ]SEE DEFINITION OF clerk

Synonyms for clerk

  • agent
  • auditor
  • bookkeeper
  • cashier
  • employee
  • operator
  • receptionist
  • salesperson
  • secretary
  • teller
  • worker
  • amanuensis
  • copyist
  • counterperson
  • notary
  • recorder
  • registrar
  • seller
  • stenographer
  • transcriber
  • counter jumper
  • office helper
  • paper pusher
  • paper shuffler
  • pen pusher
  • pencil pusher
  • shopperson
  • white collar
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLERK

Was the gentleman” (he chose that word as he looked at the boys) “layman or clerk?

He needs a clerk for his law matters, and the Dean said he would speak of me to him.

He had travelled, and had been a merchant's clerk in Paris and London.

His letter was from his wife's brother, in whose bank Cornelius was a clerk.

Clerk or no, you have acted this day as becomes a true knight.

"Eighty-five," said the clerk; and the drummer and the Negro disappeared.

He was not at all satisfied with his brief interview with the clerk.

I heard the clerk telling the boy where he would be most likely to find you.

They passed out into the hall, and drew up at the clerk's counter.

He looked more like a clerk from a grocery store than the commander of an army.

WORD ORIGIN

"man ordained in the ministry," c.1200, from Old English cleric and Old French clerc "clergyman, priest; scholar, student," both from Church Latin clericus "a priest," noun use of adjective meaning "priestly, belonging to the clerus" (see cleric).

Modern bureaucratic usage is a reminder of the dark ages when clergy alone could read and write and were employed for that skill by secular authorities. In late Old English the word can mean "king's scribe; keeper of accounts;" by c.1200 clerk took on a secondary sense in Middle English (as the cognate word did in Old French) of "anyone who can read or write." This led to the sense "assistant in a business" (c.1500), originally a keeper of accounts, later, especially in American English, "a retail salesman" (1790). Related: Clerkship.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CLERK

accountant

nounperson who maintains financial accounts of a business
  • CPA
  • actuary
  • analyst
  • auditor
  • bookkeeper
  • calculator
  • cashier
  • clerk
  • comptroller
  • examiner
  • public accountant
  • reckoner
  • teller
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