What does clerk mean?

Definitions for clerk
klɜrk; Brit. klɑrkclerk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clerknoun

    an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts)

  2. salesclerk, shop clerk, clerk, shop assistantverb

    a salesperson in a store

  3. clerkverb

    work as a clerk, as in the legal business


  1. clerknoun

    One who occupationally works with records, accounts, letters, etc.; an office worker.

  2. clerknoun

    A facilitator of a Quaker meeting for business affairs

  3. clerkverb

    To act as a clerk, to perform the duties or functions of a clerk

    The law school graduate clerked for the supreme court judge for the summer.

  4. Etymology: From clerc, from clerc, from clericus, from κληρικός, from κλῆρος

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. A CLERKnoun

    Etymology: cleric, Sax. clericus, Latin.

    All persons were stiled clerks that served in the church of Christ, whether they were bishops, priests, or deacons. John Ayliffe.

    They might talk of book-learning what they would; but, for his part, he never saw more unfeaty fellows than great clerks were. Philip Sidney.

    The greatest clerks being not always the honestest, any more than the wisest men. South.

    My lord Bassanio gave his ring away
    Unto the judge; and then the boy, his clerk,
    That took some pains in writing, he begg’d mine. William Shakespeare.

    My friend was in doubt whether he should not exert the justice upon such a vagrant; but not having his clerk with him, who is a necessary counsellor, he let the thought drop. Addis.

    Take a just view, how many may remark
    Who’s now a lord, his grand-sire was a clerk. George Granville.

    It may seem difficult to make out the bills of fare for the suppers of Vitellius. I question not but an expert clerk of a kitchen can do it. Arbuthnot.


  1. Clerk

    A clerk ( or ) is a white-collar worker who conducts general office tasks, or a worker who performs similar sales-related tasks in a retail environment (a retail clerk). The responsibilities of clerical workers commonly include record keeping, filing, staffing service counters, screening solicitors, and other administrative tasks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clerknoun

    a clergyman or ecclesiastic

  2. Clerknoun

    a man who could read; a scholar; a learned person; a man of letters

  3. Clerknoun

    a parish officer, being a layman who leads in reading the responses of the Episcopal church service, and otherwise assists in it

  4. Clerknoun

    one employed to keep records or accounts; a scribe; an accountant; as, the clerk of a court; a town clerk

  5. Clerknoun

    an assistant in a shop or store

  6. Etymology: [Either OF. clerc, fr. L. clericus a priest, or AS. clerc, cleric, clerk, priest, fr. L. clericus, fr. Gr. klhriko`s belonging to the clergy, fr. klh^ros lot, allotment, clergy; cf. Deut. xviii. 2. Cf. Clergy.]


  1. Clerk

    A clerk is a white-collar worker who conducts general office tasks, or a worker who performs similar sales-related tasks in a retail environment. The responsibilities of clerical workers commonly include record keeping, filing, staffing service counters and other administrative tasks.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clerk

    klärk, or klerk, n. a clergyman or priest: a scholar: one who leads the responses in the English Church service: in common use, one employed as a writer, assistant, copyist, account-keeper, or correspondent in an office.—v.i. to act as clerk.—adj. Cler′ical, pertaining to a clerk or copyist, as in 'clerical error.'—ns. Clerk′dom, Clerk′ship; Clerk′ery, Clerk′age, the work of a clerk.—adjs. Clerk′ish, like a clerk; Clerk′less, ignorant; Clerk′-like, scholarly.—n. Clerk′ling, a young clerk.—adj. Clerk′ly, scholarly.—adv. in a scholar-like or learned manner.—Clerk of the weather, an imaginary functionary facetiously supposed to direct the weather.—Bible clerk, a scholar who reads the lessons in some college chapels. [A.S. clerc, a priest—Late L. clericus. See Clergy.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. clerk

    Any naval officer doing the duty of a clerk.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clerk' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4825

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clerk' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3072

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clerk' in Nouns Frequency: #1539

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clerk in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clerk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of clerk in a Sentence

  1. President George W. Bush:

    I ’m sure every nominee before you would have personal beliefs about that precedent and many others. But all nominees are united in their belief that what they think about a precedent should not bear on how they will decide cases. She was more pragmatic two years ago – just days before the presidential election – about the chances that Roe v. Wade would be overturned in coming years : I don't think the core case -- Roe's holding that women have a right to abortion -- I don't think that will change, but I think the question of whether people can get late-term abortions -- how many restrictions can be put on clinics -- I don't think that will change. Brett Kavanaugh, steady insider The federal appeals court here in Washington is seen as a professional stepping-stone to Supreme Court. Three current justices( John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas) served on that bench before joining the high court, as did Scalia. Now Brett Kavanaugh is poised to make the leap, though if history is any guide, Brett Kavanaugh could face an especially tough Senate confirmation. It is the image that may cement – or sink – the Supreme Court aspirations of Brett Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh elevation to the federal appeals court was celebrated with a Rose Garden swearing-in by a fellow Catholic who's now retiring from the bench, Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Brett Kavanaugh served as a law clerk in 1993. Front and center : Brett Kavanaugh former boss, President George W. Bush, the man who nominated Brett Kavanaugh. I chose Brett Kavanaugh because of the force of Brett Kavanaugh mind, the breadth of Brett Kavanaugh experience and the strength of Brett Kavanaugh character.

  2. The Justice Department:

    Our investigation has not revealed any indication that any officer or court clerk engaged in these communications was ever disciplined.

  3. Governor Matt Bevin:

    To ensure that the sincerely held religious beliefs of all Kentuckians are honored, I took action to revise the clerk marriage license form.

  4. Richard Hughes:

    (Deputy clerk Brian Mason) is trying to follow the court's mandate as well as his superior ordering him to issue only these changed forms, ... It also appears to this counsel those changes were made in some attempt to circumvent the court's orders and may have raised to the level of interference against court's orders.

  5. Kim Davis:

    I am pleased that I can continue to serve my community as the Rowan County Clerk without having to sacrifice my religious convictions and conscience.

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    (of a flowering plant) having two cotyledons in the seed
    • A. currish
    • B. bonzer
    • C. naiant
    • D. dicotyledonous

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