Definition of receptionist in English:

receptionist

noun

  • 1A person who greets and deals with clients and visitors to a surgery, office, etc.

    • ‘After just one week here, one of our receptionists has said that she wants to do a front office course.’
    • ‘A receptionist, who is finding out what patients think about the surgery's new opening hours, approaches him.’
    • ‘Just as GPs need surgeries and receptionists MPs need offices and staff.’
    • ‘Ford smiled at the receptionist again, then followed the Senator into the office.’
    • ‘I was just about to walk out the front door of my office when our receptionist's cellphone rang.’
    • ‘Between 8.00 and 10.00 am the office is at its busiest with clients booking calls and receptionists confirming visit times and hospital appointments.’
    • ‘Don't overlook the impact that your receptionist or front desk staff have on clients.’
    • ‘On arrival at the surgery, a receptionist confirmed her appointment and pointed to the adjacent waiting room.’
    • ‘Earlier, on the telephone, I asked his receptionist for directions to his Dublin office.’
    • ‘Still, it must make it very easy for their receptionists to give directions over the phone to would-be visitors.’
    • ‘He greets me at the door of his office, dismisses the receptionist, and strides back behind his immense immaculate desk.’
    • ‘While some companies have learned to do without receptionists and office managers, and typesetting departments are a thing of the past, this notion of everyone being in sales has stuck with me.’
    • ‘The receptionist greeted her with a smile and asked if she could help her with anything.’
    • ‘For the last five years I have worked on and off as a medical receptionist at several surgeries in Wellington.’
    • ‘Lang was impressed by the motivation of the young people in the mail room, the secretaries and the receptionist.’
    • ‘Other professionals, such as medical receptionists and secretaries, are often in the front line when dealing with patients and are as likely, if not more so, to become victims.’
    • ‘He wrote asking me to confirm some details of a message I left with the surgery receptionist.’
    • ‘Our receptionists are inundated with people demanding to be seen.’
    • ‘The last time I went to Huntley's office, the receptionist and I shared a laugh.’
    • ‘Jean McGinnies, a receptionist at the visitor centre, moved to the village 37 years ago.’
    1. 1.1British A person employed in a hotel to receive guests and deal with their bookings.
      • ‘If they're fully booked when you call, most hotel receptionists will be able to recommend somewhere else to stay.’
      • ‘A bank official or hotel receptionist may notice when you have to show your passport.’
      • ‘After finding out the room number from the receptionist, Roisin walked quickly to Karina's hotel room.’
      • ‘She took a job as a hotel receptionist, but her fitness suffered.’
      • ‘The receptionist said that she would ask the porter to take the visitor's bags up to his room in the lift.’
      • ‘The receptionists were all half-awake, and the bellboys didn't look too happy either when they carried our whole group's trunks.’
      • ‘A receptionist at the local hotel confirmed Stotts had booked out yesterday morning.’
      • ‘A receptionist at the hotel said there was a record of the earl staying that night.’
      • ‘She now gives private consultations to anyone from ‘hotel receptionists, chefs, nurses, people who work in magazines and housewives’.’
      • ‘During the war years she worked as a receptionist at the Queens Hotel by the sea in Brighton.’
      • ‘He had worked as a hotel receptionist in London until failing health forced him into retirement.’
      • ‘The receptionist started typing on the keys of the hotel computer.’
      • ‘One of the hotel receptionists crosses the bar wearing jade green chiffon, her midriff exposed.’
      • ‘Oh, and checking out of a cheap hotel is not much fun when the receptionist tells you that your girlfriend's husband called.’
      • ‘Areas of high need are chefs and qualified and experienced hotel receptionists.’
      • ‘Hotel receptionist Amy Taylor, 19, is using the gym to train for the race.’
      • ‘She received the sentence for assaulting a hotel receptionist after trespassing on the property.’
      • ‘She worked at a hotel as a receptionist in the morning and as a waitress at night.’
      • ‘Hotel receptionists were informed not to deliver any alcoholic drinks, leave a mini-bar in his room, or order any taxis for him to escape to town.’
      • ‘At the same time, a friend told me about a job as a hotel receptionist near Baker Street.’

Pronunciation

receptionist

/rɪˈsɛpʃ(ə)nɪst/