Definition of secretary
1 : one employed to handle correspondence and manage routine and detail work for a superior
2a : an officer of a business concern who may keep records of directors' and stockholders' meetings and of stock ownership and transfer and help supervise the company's legal interestsb : an officer of an organization or society responsible for its records and correspondence
3 : an officer of state who superintends a government administrative department <the secretary of labor>
secretarialplay \ˌse-krə-ˈter-ē-əl\ adjective
secretaryshipplay \ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē-ˌship\ noun
Examples of secretary in a sentence
You can set up an appointment with my secretary.
He works as a legal secretary.
He was the club's secretary.
He is a junior secretary at the embassy.
Origin and Etymology of secretary
Middle English secretarie, from Medieval Latin secretarius, confidential employee, secretary, from Latin secretum secret, from neuter of secretus
First Known Use: 15th century
SECRETARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of secretary for English Language Learners
: a person whose job is to handle records, letters, etc., for another person in an office
: a person in a club or other organization who is in charge of keeping letters and records
: an official who is selected by the President and is in charge of a particular department of the government
SECRETARY Defined for Kids
Definition of secretary for Students
1 : a person who is employed to take care of records, letters, and routine work for another person
2 : an officer of a business corporation or society who is in charge of the letters and records and who keeps minutes of meetings
3 : a government official in charge of a department <the secretary of education>
4 : a writing desk with a top section for books
Legal Definition of secretary
1 : an officer of a business concern who may keep records of directors' and stockholders' meetings and of stock ownership and transfer and help supervise the company's interests
2 : a government officer who superintends an administrative department
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