un·​der·​sec·​re·​tary | \ ˌən-dər-ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce undersecretary (audio) , -ˈse-kə- \
variants: or under secretary

Definition of undersecretary

: a secretary immediately subordinate to a principal secretary often capitalized when used as a title the British Undersecretary for Indiathe Under Secretary of the Treasury

Examples of undersecretary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web John Cohen is an ABC News contributor and the former acting undersecretary for intelligence and counterterrorism coordinator at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Byjohn Cohen, ABC News, 7 July 2022 So far, the Parcel 12 lane closings have had little impact on traffic, said Scott Bosworth, undersecretary of transportation and chief strategy officer at MassDOT. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Apr. 2021 Sherri Goodman, former deputy undersecretary of defense for environmental security, speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit on September 19th, 2016, in New York City. Justine Calma, The Verge, 27 Jan. 2021 On Thursday, Kennealy and undersecretary Jennifer Maddox outlined new changes in the final version of the rules. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2022 Willy Kracht, Chile’s undersecretary of mining, said recently that up to 2,800 cubic meters of water are needed to produce one ton of lithium in Chile, versus 70 cubic meters for a ton of copper. Ryan Dube, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 Other Smithsonian museums have been returning objects to their rightful owners for more than three decades, said Kevin Gover, undersecretary for museums and culture. Terry Tang, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 July 2022 One was installed along State Road 261 near Mexican Hat, where it was unveiled in a ceremony Saturday attended by the five commission members, Stone-Manning and Homer Wilkes, undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resource and Environment. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 June 2022 Mexico’s undersecretary of security, Ricardo Mejía Berdeja, on April 27 said the same criminal cell, comprised of remnants of the Arellano-Félix Cartel (CAF), is responsible for the murders of Margarito Martínez Esquivel and Lourdes Maldonado López. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of undersecretary

1687, in the meaning defined above

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“Undersecretary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undersecretary. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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