sec·​re·​tar·​i·​at | \ ˌse-krə-ˈter-ē-ət How to pronounce secretariat (audio) , -ē-ˌat \

Definition of secretariat

1 : the office of secretary
2 : a secretarial corps specifically : the clerical staff of an organization
3 : the administrative department of a governmental organization

Examples of secretariat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The secretariat will be served by highly energy-efficient and sustainable infrastructure. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 13 July 2021 The Vatican secretariat of state and the Institute for Religious Works, known as the Vatican bank, will be plaintiffs in the proceedings. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 July 2021 Leite was a member of the Brazilian Rural Society, and has worked as the environment ministry's secretary at its Amazon and environmental services secretariat since September 2020. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 24 June 2021 The health secretariat of the Federal District, which includes Brasilia, said in a statement that all of the infected people were isolated in a hotel. Mauricio Savarese,, 12 June 2021 But now Becciu has been sacked, Francis has stripped the secretariat of its ability to manage the money and Vatican prosecutors are investigating the office's 350 million euro investment in a London real estate venture. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 The submarine underwent a two-year refit in South Korea that was completed in 2012, according to the Indonesian cabinet secretariat. Masrur Jamaluddin For Cnn, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 Professional staff from both the global forum and the U.N. Tax Committee would form the core of this new U.N. tax secretariat. Nana Ama Sarfo, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Becciu at the time was the No. 2 in the Vatican secretariat of state, and enjoyed full authority to manage the department's substantial asset portfolio, including using it for charitable donations. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of secretariat

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for secretariat

French secrétariat, from Medieval Latin secretariatus, from secretarius

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“Secretariat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of secretariat

: a department in a governmental organization that is headed by a secretary or a secretary-general

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