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clerk


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clerk  \Clerk\  (?;  in  Eng.  ?;  277),  n.  [Either  OF  clerc,  fr  L. 
  clericus  a  priest,  or  AS  clerc,  cleric,  clerk,  priest,  fr 
  L.  clericus  fr  Gr  ?  belonging  to  the  clergy,  fr  ?  lot 
  allotment,  clergy;  cf  Deut.  xviii.  2.  Cf  {Clergy}.] 
  1.  A  clergyman  or  ecclesiastic.  [Obs.] 
 
  All  persons  were  styled  clerks  that  served  in  the 
  church  of  Christ.  --Ayliffe. 
 
  2.  A  man  who  could  read;  a  scholar;  a  learned  person;  a  man 
  of  letters.  [Obs.]  ``Every  one  that  could  read  .  .  .  being 
  accounted  a  clerk.''  --Blackstone. 
 
  He  was  no  great  clerk,  but  he  was  perfectly  well 
  versed  in  the  interests  of  Europe.  --Burke. 
 
  3.  A  parish  officer,  being  a  layman  who  leads  in  reading  the 
  responses  of  the  Episcopal  church  service,  and  otherwise 
  assists  in  it  [Eng.]  --Hook. 
 
  And  like  unlettered  clerk  still  cry  ``Amen''. 
  --Shak. 
 
  4.  One  employed  to  keep  records  or  accounts;  a  scribe;  an 
  accountant;  as  the  clerk  of  a  court;  a  town  clerk. 
 
  The  clerk  of  the  crown  .  .  .  withdrew  the  bill. 
  --Strype. 
 
  Note:  In  some  cases,  clerk  is  synonymous  with  secretary.  A 
  clerk  is  always  an  officer  subordinate  to  a  higher 
  officer,  board,  corporation,  or  person;  whereas  a 
  secretary  may  be  either  a  subordinate  or  the  head  of  an 
  office  or  department. 
 
  5.  An  assistant  in  a  shop  or  store.  [U.  S.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  clerk 
  n  1:  an  employee  who  performs  clerical  work  (e.g.,  keeps  records 
  or  accounts) 
  2:  a  salesperson  in  a  store  [syn:  {salesclerk},  {shop  clerk}] 
  v  :  work  as  a  clerk,  as  in  the  legal  business 




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