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A person in the employ of a merchant, who attends only to a part of his business, while the merchant himself superintends the whole. He differs from a factor in this, that the latter wholly supplies the place of his principal in respect to the property consigned to him. One who keeps accounts for another; an accountant; a scribe; a public officer who keeps the accounts of the political subdivision which he serves; also one employed in a store to sell goods and transact other business of a perfunctory character for the owner, but not to act only as a cashier.


 - n. A clergyman or ecclesiastic. A man who could read; a scholar; a learned person; a man of letters. A parish officer, being a layman who leads in reading the responses of the Episcopal church service, and otherwise assists in it.


 - One employed to keep records or accounts; a scribe; an accountant; as, the clerk of a court; a town clerk. In some cases, clerk is synonymous with secretary. A clerk is always an officer subordinate to a higher officer, board, corporation, or person; whereas a secretary may be either a ...

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