- in the U.S., the head of the State Department and senior official of the Cabinet, who is the President's chief foreign-policy advisor
- a state official having various administrative duties
Secretary of Statesecretary of state
secretary of state
nounpl. secretaries of state
- a. The president's chief advisor for foreign policy, head of the US State Department, and senior Cabinet official.b. A state official who advises the governor on policy issues.
- A high-ranking administrative official in a nation's government.