noun sec·re·taire \¦sekrə¦ta(a)|(ə)r, -te|, |ə\

Definition of secretaire



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Origin and Etymology of secretaire

French secrétaire escritoire, secretary (person), from Middle French secretaire secretary (person), confidant, from Old French, confidant, from Medieval Latin secretarius

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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