clerks

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Clerk \Clerk\ (kl[~e]rk; in Eng. kl[aum]rk; 277), noun [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. A clergyman or ecclesiastic. [Obs.]

All persons were styled clerks that served in the church of Christ. --Ayliffe.

2. A man who could read; a scholar; a learned person; a man of letters. [Obs.] "Every one that could read . . . being accounted a clerk." --Blackstone.

He was no great clerk, but he was perfectly well versed in the interests of Europe. --Burke.

3. A parish officer, being a layman who leads in reading the responses of the Episcopal church service, and otherwise assists in it. [Eng.] --Hook.

And like unlettered clerk still cry "Amen". --Shak.

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

The clerk of the crown . . . withdrew the bill. --Strype.

Note: In some cases, clerk is synonymous with secretary. A clerk is always an officer subordinate to a higher officer, board, corporation, or person; whereas a secretary may be either a subordinate or the head of an office or department.

5. An assistant in a shop or store. [U. S.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

clerk

noun

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

2: a salesperson in a store [syn: {salesclerk}, {shop clerk}, {clerk}, {shop assistant}]

verb

1: work as a clerk, as in the legal business


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