Definition of secretariat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsekrəˈterēət/


1A permanent administrative office or department, especially a governmental one.
Example sentences
  • The parties in every country have their own special women's committees, secretariats and bureaus.
  • There are suggestions that regional health secretariats and youth centres might serve wider Commonwealth functions.
  • But that process, however closely coordinated with U.N. secretariats, is still technically unilateral.
1.1 [treated as singular or plural] The staff working in a secretariat.
Example sentences
  • I also pay tribute to the select committee secretariat for their work.
  • The Parliament is helped by a large secretariat of approximately 3,500 staff, headed by a Secretary-General.
  • The group's secretariat is usually provided by an outside body, either an NGO or a consultancy.


Early 19th century: from French secrétariat, from medieval Latin secretariatus, from secretarius (see secretary).

Words that rhyme with secretariat

commissariat, lumpenproletariat, proletariat, salariat, vicariate

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Syllabification: sec·re·tar·i·at

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