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