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English definition of “clerk”


noun [C]     /klɑːk/ US  /klɝːk/
a person who works in an office, dealing with records or performing general office duties: a filing clerk a junior office clerkEmployment status and types of workServants, slaves and underlings US a hotel employee who welcomes guests when they arrive: The (desk) clerk checked us in and gave us our key.Employment status and types of workHotels and hostels US someone who sells things in a shop: Take your purchases to the (sales) clerk, and he will wrap them for you.People who sell thingsTraders, merchants and entrepreneurs
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