secretary

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 'secretary', 'Secretary': [ˈsɛkrətəri]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
sec•re•tar•y /ˈsɛkrɪˌtɛri/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -tar•ies. 
  1. one whose job is to do work in a business office, such as typing, filing, and answering phones.
  2. one whose job is to take care of private or individual letters, files, etc., of a business executive, official, etc.:Her private secretary sent out the letters and arranged her meetings.
  3. a person in charge of records, letters, etc., as for a company, club, etc.:The job of department secretary meant typing up the minutes of every meeting.
  4. Government an officer of a government whose job is the management of a department of government:[often: Secretary]the Secretary of the Treasury.
  5. Governmenta diplomatic official who assists an ambassador.
  6. Furniturea piece of furniture for use as a writing desk.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
sec•re•tar•y  (sekri ter′ē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -tar•ies. 
  1. a person, usually an official, who is in charge of the records, correspondence, minutes of meetings, and related affairs of an organization, company, association, etc.:the secretary of the Linguistic Society of America.
  2. a person employed to handle correspondence and do routine work in a business office, usually involving taking dictation, typing, filing, and the like.
  3. See  private secretary. 
  4. Government(often cap.) an officer of state charged with the superintendence and management of a particular department of government, as a member of the president's cabinet in the U.S.:Secretary of the Treasury.
  5. GovernmentAlso called  diplomatic secretary. a diplomatic official of an embassy or legation who ranks below a counselor and is usually assigned as first secretary, second secretary, or third secretary.
  6. Furniturea piece of furniture for use as a writing desk.
  7. FurnitureAlso called  secretary bookcase. a desk with bookshelves on top of it.
secre•tar′y•ship′, n. 
  • Latin sēcrēt(um) secret (noun, nominal) + -ārius -ary
  • Medieval Latin sēcrētārius
  • 1350–1400; Middle English secretarie one trusted with private or secret matters; confidant


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

secretary /ˈsɛkrətrɪ -ərɪ/ n ( pl -taries)
  1. a person who handles correspondence, keeps records, and does general clerical work for an individual, organization, etc
  2. the official manager of the day-to-day business of a society or board
  3. (in Britain) a senior civil servant who assists a government minister
  4. (in the US and New Zealand) the head of a government administrative department
  5. (in Britain) See secretary of state
  6. another name for secretaire
Etymology: 14th Century: from Medieval Latin sēcrētārius, from Latin sēcrētum something hidden; see secret

secretarial /ˌsɛkrɪˈtɛərɪəl/ adj ˈsecretaryship n



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Collocations: the [company, business, department] secretary, works as secretary to the [director, owner, general manager], works as the [director's] secretary, more...

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