secretariat

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noun sec·re·tar·i·at \ˌse-krə-ˈter-ē-ət, -ē-ˌat\

Definition of secretariat

  1. 1 :  the office of secretary

  2. 2 :  a secretarial corps; specifically :  the clerical staff of an organization

  3. 3 :  the administrative department of a governmental organization

Origin and Etymology of secretariat

French secrétariat, from Medieval Latin secretariatus, from secretarius


First Known Use: 1811


SECRETARIAT Defined for English Language Learners

secretariat

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noun sec·re·tar·i·at \ˌse-krə-ˈter-ē-ət, -ē-ˌat\

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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