Definition of Secretary of State in English:
1(In the UK) the head of a major government department: the Secretary of State for Defence
More 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.
2(In the US) the head of the State Department, responsible for foreign affairs.
- 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.
3(In Canada) a government minister responsible for a specific area within a department.
- That position has been verified by statements in the House of Commons by Secretary of State for External Affairs Joe Clark.
Definition of Secretary of State in:
- US English dictionary
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