- a person who is able to read, or to read and write.
- a scholar.
verb (used without object)
Origin of clerk
Related Words for clerkcashier, auditor, worker, agent, bookkeeper, operator, salesperson, employee, secretary, receptionist, teller, seller, registrar, notary, transcriber, stenographer, amanuensis, counterperson, recorder, copyist
Examples from the Web for clerk
Contemporary Examples of clerk
Judge Hinkle said “the Constitution requires the Clerk to issue such licenses.”The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
Bob Cratchit, the clerk who is the father of Tiny Tim and who meekly serves Scrooge, is paid fifteen shillings a week.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
As a way to be more available to needy souls outside the church, Williams took a clerk job at Walgreens pharmacy.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
But instead of talking to us and resolving the issue, or getting a manager involved, the clerk calls the cops.The Day I Used Eric Garner’s Voice
December 5, 2014
Her new friends jump to her defense and loudly tell the clerk to back off.‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
November 25, 2014
Historical Examples of 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.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
His letter was from his wife's brother, in whose bank Cornelius was a clerk.Weighed and Wanting
Clerk or no, you have acted this day as becomes a true knight.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Word Origin for clerk
"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.