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 Boncore would succeed Coughlin, a former state representative and undersecretary for housing and economic development in the Patrick administration. BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2021 What is an undersecretary, that's kind of a strange term for most people, and what were your responsibilities in that job? CBS News, 7 July 2021 Khalid bin Salman met briefly on Tuesday with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to the Associated Press, and longer talks with Colin Kahl, undersecretary of defense for policy. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, 6 July 2021 The Saudi prince had longer talks at the Pentagon with Colin Kahl, undersecretary of defense for policy, the official said. Matthew Lee, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 Before he was elected in 1978, Warner served as undersecretary and secretary of the Navy during the Nixon administration, and oversaw the nation’s 200th-anniversary celebrations. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 The current law on who is disenfranchised is confusing, said Michael Lawlor, former undersecretary for criminal justice policy and planning under former Gov. Dannel Malloy and now a professor at the University of New Haven. Kelan Lyons And Kasturi Pananjady, courant.com, 16 June 2021 Bahrain’s health ministry undersecretary Waleed Al Manea attributed the country’s surge in cases to more testing and the large gatherings associated with the holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr celebration. Robert Hart, Forbes, 29 May 2021 On Tuesday, the U.S. undersecretary of Defense for policy, Colin Kahl, said the military had worked with the White House and California officials to find locations suitable for offshore wind development that wouldn’t impede military activity. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021

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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 2 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of undersecretary

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

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