1a person employed in an office or bank to keep records and accounts and to undertake other routine administrative duties:a bank clerk
an official in charge of the records of a local council or court:a clerk to the court
a lay officer of a cathedral, parish church, college chapel, etc.:a chapter clerk
2 (also desk clerk) chiefly North American a receptionist in a hotel.
an assistant in a store; a salesclerk.
3 (also clerk in holy orders) formal a member of the clergy.
[no object] chiefly North American
work as a clerk:eleven of those who left college this year are clerking in auction houses
Old Englishcleric, clerc (in the sense 'ordained minister, literate person'), from ecclesiastical Latin clericus 'clergyman' (see cleric); reinforced by Old French clerc, from the same source. sense 1 of the noun dates from the early 16th century