secretary-general

noun

sec·​re·​tary-gen·​er·​al ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē-ˈjen-rəl How to pronounce secretary-general (audio)
-ˈje-nə-rəl
plural secretaries-general
: a principal administrative officer
secretary-general of the United Nations

Word History

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of secretary-general was in 1701

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“Secretary-general.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/secretary-general. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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secretary-general

noun

plural secretaries-general
: a principal officer of administration
secretary-general of the United Nations
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