Is there a purely Italian word for "receptionist"?

I looked into online dictionaries and only found: "addetto alla reception".

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    You could also refer to a receptionist as addetto al ricevimento o addetto alla ricezione.
    – abarisone
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 11:29

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I can't remind right now a single Italian term to translate "receptionist" but you could certainly refer to him using addetto al ricevimento o addetto alla ricezione.

Garzanti also indicates this entry:

addetto (m.; f. -a) all’accettazione (di albergo, ospedale ecc.).

In some cases the term or expression could change depending on the context you're talking about.

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    Yes, "accettazione" is a good translation for "reception". I would exclude "ricevimento" which mostly means "party". Also "ricezione" mostly sounds like "catching" (as in baseball). Commented Oct 2, 2018 at 13:12

I would like to say that today Italian uses a lot of English words if they came abroad without the translation itself. It means that you can easy leave "il/la receptionist" and it will be no mistake or problem, moreover it will be most correctly to use.

The answer is easy: the word "reception" came from English to all the languages and used as it is.

But if you want to translate in the meaning, the nearest idea will be "secretary" o "segretario/a" in Italian.

  • Non sono io a dare il voto negativo, ma penso che il problema sia che l'OP chiede "a purely Italian word". Poi, a me sembra che, in genere, "segretario/a" non abbia sempre il significato del concetto espresso nella domanda.
    – Charo
    Commented Nov 1, 2019 at 12:36

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