receptionist

[ ri-sep-shuh-nist ]
/ rɪˈsɛp ʃə nɪst /

noun

a person employed to receive and assist callers, clients, etc., as in an office.
Theology. a person who advocates receptionism.

Nearby words

  1. reception,
  2. reception centre,
  3. reception desk,
  4. reception room,
  5. receptionism,
  6. receptive,
  7. receptive aphasia,
  8. receptively,
  9. receptivity,
  10. receptor

Origin of receptionist

First recorded in 1865–70; reception + -ist

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British Dictionary definitions for receptionist

receptionist

/ (rɪˈsɛpʃənɪst) /

noun

a person employed in an office, hotel, doctor's surgery, etc, to receive clients, guests, or patients, answer the telephone, arrange appointments, etc
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Word Origin and History for receptionist

receptionist

n.
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