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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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 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

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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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