[klurk; British klahrk]
a person employed, as in an office, to keep records, file, type, or perform other general office tasks.
a salesclerk.
a person who keeps the records and performs the routine business of a court, legislature, board, etc.
a member of the clergy; ecclesiastic.
a lay person charged with various minor ecclesiastical duties.
a person who is able to read, or to read and write.
a scholar.
verb (used without object)
to act or serve as a clerk.

before 1000; Middle English, Old English clerc, variant of cleric < Late Latin clēricus cleric

clerkish, adjective
clerklike, adjective
clerkship, noun
outclerk, noun
subclerk, noun
subclerkship, noun
underclerk, noun
underclerkship, noun Unabridged
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clerk (klɑːk, US, Canadian klɜːrk)
1.  a worker, esp in an office, who keeps records, files, etc
2.  clerk to the justices (in England) a legally qualified person who sits in court with lay justices to advise them on points of law
3.  an employee of a court, legislature, board, corporation, etc, who keeps records and accounts, etc: a town clerk
4.  (Brit) Also called: clerk of the House a senior official of the House of Commons
5.  Also called: clerk in holy orders a cleric
6.  (US), (Canadian) short for salesclerk
7.  (US), (Canadian) Also called: desk clerk a hotel receptionist
8.  archaic a scholar
9.  (intr) to serve as a clerk
[Old English clerc, from Church Latin clēricus, from Greek klērikos cleric, relating to the heritage (alluding to the Biblical Levites, whose inheritance was the Lord), from klēros heritage]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. clerc, from L.L. clericus "a priest," from Gk. klerikos (adj.) in church jargon "of the clergy," derived from kleros "lot, inheritance" (orig. "a shard used in casting lots"), used by early Gk. Christians for matters relating to ministry based on Deut. xviii:2 reference to Levites as temple assistants:
"Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the Lord is their inheritance," transl. of Heb. nahalah "inheritance, lot." If the word choice was meant to remind clerics of anything, however, the reminder was lost with the knowledge of ancient Gk. Or else from the use of the word in Acts i.17. Modern bureaucratic usage is from c.1500, a reminder of the dark ages when clergy alone could read and write.
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