What does clerk mean?

Definitions for clerk
klɜrk; Brit. klɑrkclerk

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word clerk.

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.


  1. clerk

    A clerk is a professional worker who is typically responsible for record keeping, administrative tasks, and customer or public interactions in an office or a retail setting. Clerks may also handle monetary transactions, filing documents, answering phone calls, replying to correspondence, managing schedules or maintaining inventory. The nature of their work may vary depending on their specific role or the industry they work in.

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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CLERK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Clerk is ranked #22944 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Clerk surname appeared 1,115 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Clerk.

    52.7% or 588 total occurrences were White.
    38.8% or 433 total occurrences were Black.
    4.2% or 47 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.7% or 19 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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. Kim Davis:

    My words can never express the appreciation but I promise to each and every one that I will be the very best working clerk that I can be and will be a good steward of their tax dollars and follow the statutes of this office to the letter.

  2. Jena Griswold:

    This is a situation of an insider threat, the Mesa County Clerk knowingly allowed a breach of security, and by all evidence, assisted Mesa County.

  3. Michael Kearns:

    I am now going to have to accept a report card from a foreign country and ... a foreign passport as authenticated documents.I myself as the clerk am going to have to do that, we used to have to rely on a third party, the fed government, to do that so they have diminished a New York drivers license, and we are very concerned for our safety and security because western New York is a border to Canada.

  4. Jan Soifer:

    The license was issued this morning, a few hours after the lawsuit was filed, in handwriting on the existing license form, which proves that County Clerk Lang easily could have complied with the law without waiting 10 days.

  5. The Justice Department:

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

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