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English: occupational name for a scribe or secretary, originally a
member of a minor religious order who undertook such duties. The word
clerc denoted a member of a religious order, from Old English
cler(e)c ‘priest’, reinforced by Old French clerc. Both
are from Late Latin clericus, from Greek klerikos, a
derivative of kleros ‘inheritance’, ‘legacy’, with reference
to the priestly tribe of Levites (see