sec·​re·​tar·​i·​at | \ˌse-krə-ˈter-ē-ət, -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

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As a Vatican secretariat of state at the time, Viganò advocated that the then-cardinal be penalized. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Former Vatican diplomat calls for Pope Francis to resign, claims he ignored sex abuse allegations," 26 Aug. 2018 Local mayors of the area, the Attica regional authority and the general secretariat for civil protection blamed each other for not coordinating the emergency situation. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Greek Fire Death Toll Rises Amid Criticism Over Evacuation," 25 July 2018 The Commonwealth secretariat will send observers to monitor the country's elections in July, following an invitation from the Zimbabwean government, the statement said. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Zimbabwe applies to re-join Commonwealth, 15 years after leaving," 21 May 2018 In 2011, the center-right government of Mariano Rajoy—which lost a vote of confidence last week—relegated science to a state secretariat under the economy minister. Elisabeth Pain, Science | AAAS, "Go for launch: A former astronaut become Spain's science minister," 7 June 2018 Mr Abe has concentrated power in the cabinet secretariat, vastly expanding its staff. The Economist, "The cabals Japan’s prime minister has tried to curb may curb him," 19 Apr. 2018 A year later, Nunnelly transitioned to a top tech role and oversaw the creation of a new Cabinet-level secretariat focused on technology. Joshua Miller,, "State’s top information technology official, Mark Nunnelly, is stepping down," 11 May 2018 Lavrov said that Moscow called a meeting Wednesday of the secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to discuss the case. Washington Post, "Russia responds quid pro quo to diplomats’ expulsions," 29 Mar. 2018 The secretariat noted the list did not include Mexico's five biggest tourist destinations: Cancún, the Mayan Riviera, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit and Mexico City. David Agren, USA TODAY, "Violence in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Los Cabos threatens Mexico's tourism industry," 31 Mar. 2018

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

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