Definition of secretary
1 : one employed to handle correspondence and manage routine and detail work for a superior
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 : an officer of state who superintends a government administrative department the secretary of labor
secretarialplay \ˌse-krə-ˈter-ē-əl\ adjective
secretaryshipplay \ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē-ˌship\ noun
Examples of secretary in a Sentence
You can set up an appointment with my secretary.
He works as a legal secretary.
He was the club's secretary.
He is a junior secretary at the embassy.
Recent Examples of secretary from the Web
The list asks how a potential juror feels about African-Americans and Christians, if the person has worked as a secretary, or if the person has opinions about women working in politics, according to the document.
Her powers set her apart from other humans, but among the other members of the Justice League, she was relegated to secretary.
On May’s watch -- as home secretary for six years and then as premier -- the number of police officers in England and Wales fell about 15 percent.
His Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has said the United States reserves the right to be protectionist if trade arrangements are unfair to U.S. companies and workers.
Miller has filled a policy void left by a weak multilateral affairs division in the White House, and a secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who has shown little interest in refugees, according to a U.S. official.
The Trilateral connection and Dr. Brzezinski’s foreign policy credentials helped boost Carter to victory over incumbent President Gerald R. Ford — whose secretary of state was Kissinger — three years later.
Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist on Thursday to replace Ryan Zinke, who is now President Donald Trump's interior secretary.
President Barack Obama and John Kerry, the former secretary of state, had hoped the deal, while limited to nuclear fuel production, would open a pathway to cooperation between the two countries.
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Origin and Etymology 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
SECRETARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of secretary for English Language Learners
: 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
SECRETARY Defined for Kids
Definition of secretary for Students
1 : a person who is employed to take care of records, letters, and routine work for another person
2 : an officer of a business corporation or society who is in charge of the letters and records and who keeps minutes of meetings
3 : a government official in charge of a department the secretary of education
4 : a writing desk with a top section for books
Legal Definition of secretary
1 : 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 interests
2 : a government officer who superintends an administrative department
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