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 In 2005 Spain set up an Iberoamerican secretariat (known as SEGIB) to implement initiatives agreed upon at the summits. The Economist, "Bello Spain’s complicated relationship with Latin America," 11 July 2020 Tedros said that while in the past, independent evaluation commissions set up by the WHO have used the agency’s staff as support, this group should have its own independent secretariat. Helen Branswell, STAT, "WHO launches independent review of the international response to the Covid-19 pandemic," 9 July 2020 Vatican prosecutors last year launched a separate investigation into the Vatican secretariat of state’s purchase of a luxury London building amid allegations that middlemen had fleeced the Holy See out of millions of euros. Washington Post, "Vatican prosecutors seize data from St. Peter’s Basilica," 30 June 2020 Half the 180 senior leaders in its secretariat were women at the start of this year, up from a third three years ago. The Economist, "Reflections at 75 The UN is mobilising for the next quarter-century," 18 June 2020 The administration and finance secretariat has broad power and oversees financial affairs for the state government. Joshua Miller,, "Top Fidelity executive poised to join Baker budget office," 25 May 2018 The meeting will be held via video conference and will include oil producers from outside the OPEC+ alliance that includes Russia and a few other countries, two senior sources at the OPEC secretariat told CNN Business. Chris Liakos And Victoria Cavaliere, CNN, "OPEC-Russia meeting delayed until April 9 amid turmoil in energy markets," 4 Apr. 2020 They were believed to be the first at the secretariat of state, which coordinates the activities of the Holy See, functions as the seat of governance of the universal Catholic Church and oversees diplomatic relations with more than 180 nations. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vatican’s secretariat of state searched in financial probe," 1 Oct. 2019 In Rio state, all but one of seven public hospitals equipped to treat COVID-19 are full and can only accept new patients once others have either recovered or died, according to the press office of the health secretariat. David Biller, Time, "As Testing Falters, Brazil Becoming a Coronavirus Hot Spot," 25 Apr. 2020

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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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6 Aug 2020

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“Secretariat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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