clerkdom

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clerk (klɑːk, US, Canadian klɜːrk)
 
n
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
 
vb
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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