Definition of receptionist in US English:



  • A person employed in an office or other establishment to answer the telephone, deal with clients, and greet visitors.

    • ‘On arrival at the surgery, a receptionist confirmed her appointment and pointed to the adjacent waiting room.’
    • ‘I was just about to walk out the front door of my office when our receptionist's cellphone rang.’
    • ‘Earlier, on the telephone, I asked his receptionist for directions to his Dublin office.’
    • ‘For the last five years I have worked on and off as a medical receptionist at several surgeries in Wellington.’
    • ‘Our receptionists are inundated with people demanding to be seen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jean McGinnies, a receptionist at the visitor centre, moved to the village 37 years ago.’
    • ‘He greets me at the door of his office, dismisses the receptionist, and strides back behind his immense immaculate desk.’
    • ‘He wrote asking me to confirm some details of a message I left with the surgery receptionist.’
    • ‘Don't overlook the impact that your receptionist or front desk staff have on clients.’
    • ‘The last time I went to Huntley's office, the receptionist and I shared a laugh.’
    • ‘Ford smiled at the receptionist again, then followed the Senator into the office.’
    • ‘Just as GPs need surgeries and receptionists MPs need offices and staff.’
    • ‘A receptionist, who is finding out what patients think about the surgery's new opening hours, approaches him.’
    • ‘Still, it must make it very easy for their receptionists to give directions over the phone to would-be visitors.’
    • ‘After just one week here, one of our receptionists has said that she wants to do a front office course.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The receptionist greeted her with a smile and asked if she could help her with anything.’