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secretary Line breaks: sec|re¦tary
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛkrɪt(ə)ri/

Definition of secretary in English:

noun (plural secretaries)

1A person employed by an individual or in an office to assist with correspondence, make appointments, and carry out administrative tasks: she was secretary to David Wilby MP
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  • If necessary, counsel may contact my secretary to arrange an appointment to speak to the issue of costs on this motion.
  • One guy a few years back asked me whether he should call back and make an appointment with my secretary to talk to me.
  • There is a story doing the rounds about a city lawyer who asked an office secretary to pay £4 towards his dry cleaning bill.
1.1An official of a society or other organization who conducts its correspondence and keeps its records: she was secretary of the Women’s Labour League
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  • The tuning of the City Hall organ is ongoing, and every night, the secretary of the Organ Society, David Smit, spends several hours tuning the instrument.
  • This is borne out by a letter of April 11, from the solicitors to the area secretary of the Law society.
  • It was provided to the Foreign Office by the secretary to the World Jewish Council, who in turn had received it from a source in Berlin.
1.2The principal assistant of a UK government minister or ambassador: [as title]: Chief Secretary to the Treasury
1.3An official in charge of a US government department.
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  • And Dr. Sue Bailey is a former assistant defense secretary for health affairs.
  • Perle is a commentator on defense issues and a former US assistant secretary of defense.
  • In 1996, he became the sixth deputy assistant secretary of defense for Policy and Missions.


Pronunciation: /ˈsɛkrɪt(ə)rɪʃɪp/
Example sentences
  • Mrs Taylor's business interests last year included seven company secretaryships and two directorships.
  • He replaces Peter Hain, who now combines the Welsh and Northern Ireland secretaryships.
  • As I had done a course in company secretaryship, I decided to take up the project.


Late Middle English (originally in the sense 'person entrusted with a secret'): from late Latin secretarius 'confidential officer', from Latin secretum 'secret', neuter of secretus (see secret).

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