receptionist

[ri-sep-shuh-nist]
noun
1.
a person employed to receive and assist callers, clients, etc., as in an office.
2.
Theology. a person who advocates receptionism.

Origin:
1865–70; reception + -ist

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receptionist (rɪˈsɛpʃənɪst)
 
n
a person employed in an office, hotel, doctor's surgery, etc, to receive clients, guests, or patients, answer the telephone, arrange appointments, etc

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receptionist
"person hired to receive clients in an office," 1901, from reception + -ist.
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Example sentences
The lobby of the center holds the receptionist's desk, a couch and several
  information racks.
Arriving late to our lodge, a bat circles the night receptionist's face, inches
  away.
B call your doctor and beg the receptionist for an urgent appointment.
The receptionist became carefully calm, saying that she would speak to the
  doctor.
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