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secretary

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

Simple Definition of secretary

  • : 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

Full Definition of secretary

plural sec·re·tar·ies

  1. 1 :  one employed to handle correspondence and manage routine and detail work for a superior

  2. 2a :  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 interestsb :  an officer of an organization or society responsible for its records and correspondence

  3. 3 :  an officer of state who superintends a government administrative department <the secretary of labor>

  4. 4a :  writing desk, escritoireb :  a writing desk with a top section for books

sec·re·tar·i·al play \ˌse-krə-ˈter-ē-əl\ adjective
sec·re·tary·ship play \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.



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Origin 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




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