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 Not only does the G7 chair rotate annually but there is also no permanent secretariat. Harry G. Broadman, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Eleni Giokos spoke with Lacina Koné, director general of the Smart Africa secretariat, about the continent's digital future. Rachel Wood, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 What it's meant is that there's had to be a lot more focus, not just from the OECD secretariat, but from some of the larger countries involved on getting other countries on board. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Another Vatican secretariat of state official connected to Becciu, Fabrizio Tirabassi, is charged with corruption, extortion, embezzlement, fraud and abuse of office. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 July 2021 In this age of climate change, cheap gasoline isn’t an intrinsic good, but better the U.S. government worry about that than a foreign secretariat situated in Vienna that just wants to maximize profits. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 25 Nov. 2021 In Rio state, the most recent study found gamma accounted for 78% of 380 samples and delta 16%, according to its health secretariat. Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 Vatican prosecutors have accused Torzi of extorting the Holy See of 15 million euros ($17.8 million) to turn over ownership of a luxury London building in which the Vatican's secretariat of state was a majority shareholder. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021 At least three people were killed in the clash, two of whom were civilians, according to the state’s public security secretariat., 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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“Secretariat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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