receptionist

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Recorded since 1901, derived from reception (itself from Latin receptiō (the act of receiving; reception), from receptus, the perfect passive participle of recipiō (receive)) + -ist.

Noun[edit]

receptionist (countable and uncountable, plural receptionists)

  1. An employee who receives visitors and/or calls, typically in an office setting.
  2. A secretary whose tasks prominently include the above.

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