Bob Cratchit, the clerk who is the father of Tiny Tim and who meekly serves Scrooge, is paid fifteen shillings a week.
He was also very open and willing to listen to anyone, including his clerk, who persuaded him to change his vote.
Judge Hinkle said “the Constitution requires the clerk to issue such licenses.”
A clerk of the panel that will decide the issue is first cousins with a former regulator of the sunken BP drill platform.
Once they were seated, the clerk turned the photo over and asked if Sikowitz recognized this person.
And what shall Wat Tyler do that is no clerk, but one itching for war?
Was the gentleman” (he chose that word as he looked at the boys) “layman or clerk?
"Ah, I see," interrupted the hotel proprietor, who also acted as clerk.
His letter was from his wife's brother, in whose bank Cornelius was a clerk.
I was awfully interested in seeing how the goat and the clerk got on.
"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.