secretary

noun sec·re·tary \ ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē , ˈse-kə-ˌter- , in rapid speech also ˈsek-ˌter- , especially British ˈse-k(r)ə-trē \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of secretary

plural secretaries
1 : one employed to handle correspondence and manage routine and detail work for a superior
2 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
3 : an officer of state who superintends a government administrative department
  • the secretary of labor
b : a writing desk with a top section for books

secretarial

play \ˌse-krə-ˈter-ē-əl\ adjective

secretaryship

play \ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē-ˌship\ noun

Examples of secretary in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of secretary

Middle English secretarie, from Medieval Latin secretarius, confidential employee, secretary, from Latin secretum secret, from neuter of secretus



SECRETARY Defined for English Language Learners

secretary

noun

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

secretary

noun sec·re·tary \ ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē \

Definition of secretary for Students

plural secretaries
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

Law Dictionary

secretary

noun, often capitalized sec·re·tary

legal Definition of secretary

plural secretaries
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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