- a person who is able to read, or to read and write.
- a scholar.
verb (used without object)
- clerk of works,
Origin of clerk
Examples from the Web for 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|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Bob Cratchit, the clerk who is the father of Tiny Tim and who meekly serves Scrooge, is paid fifteen shillings a week.
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|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But instead of talking to us and resolving the issue, or getting a manager involved, the clerk calls the cops.
Her new friends jump to her defense and loudly tell the clerk to back off.
These are not the writers who make so much as a clerk's income out of the stage.My Miscellanies, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Wilkie Collins
The clerk concluded, like the people at Saumur, that his head was turned, and did not pay him any further attention.Voltaire's Romances|Franois-Marie Arouet
He was not at home, and I asked his clerk, to give me directions to some other spiritualist.Secret Enemies of True Republicanism|Andrew B. Smolnikar
He bought groceries of a hardware dealer named Davidson, at Albany, that town whence came Mr. Weed's clerk.North America, Volume II (of 2)|Anthony Trollope
The sullen fire in his eyes reminded the Kommerzienrat of the appearance of his clerk when he had spoken to him of Dr. Weilen.Simon Eichelkatz; The Patriarch|Ulrich Frank
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.