noun sec·re·tary \ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē, ˈse-kə-ˌter-, in rapid speech also ˈsek-ˌter-, especially British ˈse-k(r)ə-trē\

: a person whose job is to handle records, letters, etc., for another person in an office

: a person in a club or other organization who is in charge of keeping letters and records

: an official who is selected by the President and is in charge of a particular department of the government

plural sec·re·tar·ies

Full Definition of SECRETARY

:  one employed to handle correspondence and manage routine and detail work for a superior
a :  an officer of a business concern who may keep records of directors' and stockholders' meetings and of stock ownership and transfer and help supervise the company's legal interests
b :  an officer of an organization or society responsible for its records and correspondence
:  an officer of state who superintends a government administrative department <the secretary of labor>
a :  writing desk, escritoire
b :  a writing desk with a top section for books
sec·re·tar·i·al \ˌse-krə-ˈter-ē-əl\ adjective
sec·re·tary·ship \ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē-ˌship\ noun

Examples of SECRETARY

  1. You can set up an appointment with my secretary.
  2. He works as a legal secretary.
  3. He was the club's secretary.
  4. He is a junior secretary at the embassy.

Illustration of SECRETARY


Middle English secretarie, from Medieval Latin secretarius, confidential employee, secretary, from Latin secretum secret, from neuter of secretus
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Business Terms

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SECRETARY Defined for Kids


noun sec·re·tary \ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē\
plural sec·re·tar·ies

Definition of SECRETARY for Kids

:  a person who is employed to take care of records, letters, and routine work for another person
:  an officer of a business corporation or society who is in charge of the letters and records and who keeps minutes of meetings
:  a government official in charge of a department <the secretary of education>
:  a writing desk with a top section for books
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