If you work as a receptionist in an office, you'll greet visitors and answer the phone. The receptionist in a dentist's office is usually the person to schedule your next appointment.

Most offices have a receptionist, a type of secretary who's typically the first person you see when you walk into the room. Hotels often describe this person as a "desk clerk," but this is essentially a receptionist who books reservations and hands you your room key when you check in. The word receptionist dates from about 1900, when the earliest receptionists were hired to work in photography studios.

Definitions of receptionist
  1. noun
    a secretary whose main duty is to answer the telephone and receive visitors
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    type of:
    secretarial assistant, secretary
    an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization
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