secretariat

noun sec·re·tar·i·at \ ˌse-krə-ˈter-ē-ət , -ē-ˌat \
Updated on: 15 Feb 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of secretariat

French secrétariat, from Medieval Latin secretariatus, from secretarius


SECRETARIAT Defined for English Language Learners

secretariat

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Definition of secretariat for English Language Learners

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



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