Definition of secretariat in English:

secretariat

Line breaks: sec¦re|tar¦iat
Pronunciation: /ˌsɛkrɪˈtɛːrɪət
 
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noun

1A permanent administrative office or department, especially a governmental one: the European Secretariat in Luxembourg
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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