- a town official who keeps records and issues licenses.
Origin of town clerk
Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
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Examples from the Web for town clerk
"She would have to live with you whether or no," said Herr Molk to the town-clerk.Linda Tressel
When the town-clerk had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly."Granny's Chapters"
Lady Mary Ross
The town-clerk keeps the records, books, and papers of the town.The Government Class Book
Andrew W. Young
To this he gave no answer; and on its being repeated by the town-clerk, he faintly answered, No.
The first witness called was Mr. Serjeant Ludlow, town-clerk of Bristol.
- (in Britain until 1974) the secretary and chief administrative officer of a town or city
- (in the US) the official who keeps the records of a town
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