undersecretary

noun un·der·sec·re·tary \ ˌən-dər-ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē , -ˈse-kə- \
variants: or under secretary
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of undersecretary

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

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UNDERSECRETARY Defined for English Language Learners

undersecretary

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Definition of undersecretary for English Language Learners

  • : a high-ranking government official who serves under a department secretary or other high official


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