American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An office worker employed chiefly to receive visitors and answer the telephone.
- n. An employee who receives visitors and/or calls, typically in an office setting.
- n. A secretary whose tasks prominently include the above.
- 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)
“That which we call a receptionist, by any other word would still greet visitors and answer phones.”
“The receptionist is wide shouldered and artificially blond and I play the part of a tourist, making no effort to speak to her in Spanish.”
“A friendly receptionist from the Crowne Plaza was out for a smoke break.”
“Back to work: Jenna Fischer, who plays Pam the receptionist, is enthusiastic about the six new episodes of The Office.”
“The magazines in the waiting room are all in Hebrew, not Russian; the coffee offered by the receptionist is espresso, the beverage of communion for the Israeli business class.”
“Besides, are you telling me that my doctor's receptionist is paid by Alberta Health Care?”
“I called the receptionist to see if she had put the paper there.”
“When you call the receptionist back, all you get is a busy signal.”
“According to reports, Jessica Simpson's country career can now officially be called "short-lived"; the former teenpop star / reality-TV newlywed is no longer on Columbia Nashville, at least if you believe her absence from the label's Web site and a label receptionist's assertion, told to the gossip rag OK, that she has "" come off the label. ”
“BTW My Doctor’s receptionist is also bloody rude and although I HATE it, I don’t use the doctor very often so I don’t really care.”
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