Once they were seated, the clerk turned the photo over and asked if Sikowitz recognized this person.
Bob Cratchit, the clerk who is the father of Tiny Tim and who meekly serves Scrooge, is paid fifteen shillings a week.
But at my visa appointment the clerk ripped my document, making it look like I had overstayed my visa.
Judge Hinkle said “the Constitution requires the clerk to issue such licenses.”
The clerk was taking down the facts about her: name, address, age, and so on.
And what shall Wat Tyler do that is no clerk, but one itching for war?
I went to the clerk of the court and paid Captain Boomsby's fine.
"Ah, I see," interrupted the hotel proprietor, who also acted as clerk.
He had no taste for farming, and for two years had been a clerk in Captain Fishley's store.
I was awfully interested in seeing how the goat and the clerk got on.
"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.
"act as a clerk," 1550s, from clerk (n.). Related: Clerked, clerking.