Definition of secretariat in English:


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


  • 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.


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

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