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

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The secretariat’s office, meanwhile, does valuable work. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019 Bochenek, who previously served as the director of law and policy for Amnesty International’s London secretariat, has extensive experience visiting child detainees in the United States and around the world. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Detained Children Are Treated Around the World," 10 July 2019 Lopez Obrador appeared in the video alongside Urzua’s replacement: Arturo Herrera Gutierrez, who had served as assistant secretary in the finance secretariat. Kate Linthicum,, "Mexico’s finance minister quits abruptly, sending peso tumbling," 9 July 2019 With consumption weaker than expected because of economic uncertainty and U.S. shale production still rising, the group also sees demand for its own oil declining sharply in the first half in 2019, OPEC secretariat officials told delegates. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Pressed by Trump, OPEC Fears Oil Glut’s Return," 25 Sep. 2018 During the meeting, the group’s secretariat gave a gloomy picture of the first quarters of 2019. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Pressed by Trump, OPEC Fears Oil Glut’s Return," 25 Sep. 2018 But Pell, who denies the charges, remains a cardinal, head of the Vatican’s economy secretariat and a member of Francis’ core group of nine cardinal advisers. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Australian bishop convicted of sex abuse cover-up resigns," 30 July 2018 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

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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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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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