from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An office worker employed chiefly to receive visitors and answer the telephone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An employee who receives visitors and/or calls, typically in an office setting.
- n. A secretary whose tasks prominently include the above.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a secretary whose main duty is to answer the telephone and receive visitors
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. (Wiktionary)