- The definition of a secretary is a person who does administrative work such as making appointments and sending letters, or is an official who is in charge of a government department.
- A person who answers your phone and makes copies for you at your job is an example of your secretary.
- A person in a club who writes down the minutes of meetings and who sends out letters to club members is an example of a secretary.
- The person in charge of the U.S. Treasury Department, the Secretary of the Treasury, is an exampleof a secretary.
A secretary on the phone.
secretary definition by Webster's New World
- a person whose work is keeping records, taking care of correspondence and other writing tasks, etc. as for an individual in a business office
- an officer of a company, club, etc. having somewhat similar functions
- ☆ an official in charge of a department of government
- a writing desk, esp. one topped with a small bookcase
Origin: Midieval Latin secretarius, one entrusted with secrets ; from Classical Latin secretum: see secret
secretary definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. sec·re·tar·ies
- A person employed to handle correspondence, keep files, and do clerical work for another person or an organization.
- An officer who keeps records, takes minutes of the meetings, and answers correspondence, as for a company.
- An official who presides over an administrative department of state.
- A desk with a small bookcase on top.
Origin: Middle English secretarie, from Medieval Latin sēcrētārius, confidential officer, clerk, from Latin sēcrētus, secret; see Secret .
- secˌre·tarˈi·al adjective
secretary - Legal Definition