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receptionist Line breaks: re¦cep¦tion|ist
Pronunciation: /rɪˈsɛpʃ(ə)nɪst/

Definition of receptionist in English:


1A person who greets and deals with clients and visitors to a surgery, office, etc.
Example sentences
  • Just as GPs need surgeries and receptionists MPs need offices and staff.
  • Between 8.00 and 10.00 am the office is at its busiest with clients booking calls and receptionists confirming visit times and hospital appointments.
  • He greets me at the door of his office, dismisses the receptionist, and strides back behind his immense immaculate desk.
1.1British A person employed in a hotel to receive guests and deal with their bookings.
Example sentences
  • She received the sentence for assaulting a hotel receptionist after trespassing on the property.
  • She worked at a hotel as a receptionist in the morning and as a waitress at night.
  • Hotel receptionists were informed not to deliver any alcoholic drinks, leave a mini-bar in his room, or order any taxis for him to escape to town.

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