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.
a person employed to handle correspondence and do routine work in a business office, usually involving taking dictation, typing, filing, and the like.
See private secretary.
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.
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.
Furniturea piece of furniture for use as a writing desk.
FurnitureAlso called sec′retary book′case. a desk with bookshelves on top of it.
Latin sēcrēt(um) secret (noun, nominal) + -ārius -ary
Medieval Latin sēcrētārius
1350–1400; Middle English secretarie one trusted with private or secret matters; confidant