Secretary meaning

sĕkrĭ-tĕrē
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A desk with a small bookcase on top.
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A person employed to handle correspondence, keep files, and do clerical work for another person or an organization.
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An officer who keeps records, takes minutes of the meetings, and answers correspondence, as for a company.
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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.

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An official who presides over an administrative department of state.
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A species of bird; Sagittarius serpentarius.
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A writing desk, esp. one topped with a small bookcase.
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An officer of a corporation charged with responsibility for keeping records and taking minutes.
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(obsolete) Someone entrusted with a secret; a confidant.
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A person who keeps records, takes notes and handles general clerical work.
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(often capitalized) The head of a department of government.
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A managerial or leading position in certain non-profit organizations, such as political parties, trade unions, international organizations.

Ban Ki-Moon is the current secretary general of the United Nations.

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(US) A type of desk, secretary desk; a secretaire.
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To serve as a secretary of.
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An official in charge of a department of government.
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Origin of secretary

  • Middle English secretarie from Medieval Latin sēcrētārius confidential officer, clerk from Latin sēcrētus secret secret

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin secretarius (“one entrusted with secrets"), from Latin secretus (“private, secret"), past participle of secernere (“to separate, set apart"), from se- (“apart") + cernere (“to separate").

    From Wiktionary