from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An office worker employed chiefly to receive visitors and answer the telephone.

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

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  • n. a secretary whose main duty is to answer the telephone and receive visitors


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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.


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  • 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.

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  • 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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