Definition of secretary of state in English:

Share this entry

secretary of state

noun

1(In the US) the head of the State Department, responsible for foreign affairs.
Example sentences
  • Henry Kissinger ran foreign policy under President Nixon, not Secretary of State Rogers.
  • Then U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright visited Pyongyang in response to Cho's trip to Washington.
  • That includes his Secretary of State, Colin Powell, who has been presented as a restraining influence on Bush.
2(In the UK) the head of a major government department.
Example sentences
  • The Claimant in this claim for judicial review is the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
  • It is the Secretary of State's policy that the power to sanction should not be exercised too widely.
  • Copies are also being sent to Bexley Council and the Secretary of State for Transport.
3(In Canada) a government minister responsible for a specific area within a department.
Example sentences
  • That position has been verified by statements in the House of Commons by Secretary of State for External Affairs Joe Clark.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: sec·re·tar·y of state

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.