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sec·re·tar·y  (skr-tr)
n. pl. sec·re·tar·ies
1. A person employed to handle correspondence, keep files, and do clerical work for another person or an organization.
2. An officer who keeps records, takes minutes of the meetings, and answers correspondence, as for a company.
3. An official who presides over an administrative department of state.
4. A desk with a small bookcase on top.

[Middle English secretarie, from Medieval Latin scrtrius, confidential officer, clerk, from Latin scrtus, secret; see secret.]

secre·tari·al (-târ-l) adj.

secretary (ˈsɛkrətrɪ; -ərɪ)
n, pl -taries
1. (Professions) 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. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) a senior civil servant who assists a government minister
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the US and New Zealand) the head of a government administrative department
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) See secretary of state1
6. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Australia) the head of a public service department
7. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) diplomacy the assistant to an ambassador or diplomatic minister of certain countries
8. (Furniture) another name for secretaire
[C14: from Medieval Latin sēcrētārius, from Latin sēcrētum something hidden; see secret]
secretarial adj ˈsecretaryship n
sec•re•tar•y (ˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr i)

n., pl. -tar•ies.
1. a person in charge of records, correspondence, and related affairs, as for a company.
2. a person employed to do routine work in a business office, as typing, filing, and answering phones.
3. a person employed to attend to the individual or confidential correspondence, scheduling, etc. of an executive, celebrity, or the like.
4. (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. a diplomatic official who assists an ambassador or minister.
6. a piece of furniture for use as a writing desk, esp. one with drawers below and a cabinet or bookshelves above an often enclosed writing surface.
[1350–1400; Middle English secretarie one trusted with private or secret matters, confidant < Medieval Latin sēcrētārius= Latin sēcrēt(um) secret (n.) + -ārius -ary]
sec′re•tar`y•ship`, n.

secretary - Comes from Latin, meaning "confidential officer," and first denoted a person, such as a confidant, entrusted with private or secret matters; it should be pronounced SEK-ruh-tair-ee.
See also related terms for private.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.secretary - a person who is head of an administrative department of governmentsecretary - a person who is head of an administrative department of government
chief, top dog, head - a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation"
United States Attorney General, US Attorney General, Attorney General - the person who holds the position of secretary of the Justice Department; "Edmund Randolph was the first Attorney General, appointed by President Washington"
Agriculture Secretary, Secretary of Agriculture - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Agriculture; "the first Secretary of Agriculture was Norman J. Colman, who was appointed by Cleveland"
Commerce Secretary, Secretary of Commerce - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Commerce; "the first Commerce Secretary was William C. Redfield who was appointed by Wilson"
Defense Secretary, Secretary of Defense - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Defense Department; "the first Defense Secretary was James V. Forrestal who was appointed by Truman"
Education Secretary, Secretary of Education - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Education; "Carter appointed Shirley Hufstedler as the first Secretary of Education"
Energy Secretary, Secretary of Energy - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Energy; "the first Secretary of Energy was James R. Schlesinger who was appointed by Carter"
Secretary of Health and Human Services - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Health and Human Services; "the first Secretary of Health and Human Services was Patricia Roberts Harris who was appointed by Carter"
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; "the first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was Robert C. Weaver who was appointed by Johnson"
Labor Secretary, Secretary of Labor - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Labor; "the first Labor Secretary was William B. Wilson who was appointed by President Wilson"
Secretary of State - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of State; "the first Secretary of State was Thomas Jefferson"
Interior Secretary, Secretary of the Interior - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Interior Department; "President Taylor appointed Thomas Ewing as the first Secretary of the Interior"
Secretary of the Treasury, Treasury Secretary - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Treasury Department; "Alexander Hamilton was the first Secretary of the Treasury"
Secretary of Transportation, Transportation Secretary - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Transportation; "Johnson appointed Alan S. Boyd as the first Transportation Secretary"
Secretary of Veterans Affairs - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Veterans Affairs; "Bush appointed Edward J. Derwinski as the first Secretary of Veterans Affairs"
undersecretary - a secretary immediately subordinate to the head of a department of government
2.secretary - an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organizationsecretary - an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
executive secretary - a secretary having administrative duties and responsibilities
receptionist - a secretary whose main duty is to answer the telephone and receive visitors
social secretary - a personal secretary who handles your social correspondence and appointments
amanuensis, shorthand typist, stenographer - someone skilled in the transcription of speech (especially dictation)
3.secretary - a person to whom a secret is entrusted
confidant, intimate - someone to whom private matters are confided
4.secretary - a desk used for writingsecretary - a desk used for writing              
desk - a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
Translations
secretary [ˈsekrətrɪ]
A. N
1. (= profession) → secretario/a m/f
2. (Pol) → ministro/a m/f
Secretary of State (Brit) → Ministro/a m/f (for de) (US) → Ministro/a m/f de Asuntos Exteriores
B. CPD secretary pool N (US) → servicio m de mecanógrafos

secretary [ˈsɛkrətəri] n
(in office)secrétaire mf
She's a secretary → Elle est secrétaire.
[club, society, trade union] → secrétaire mf
(POLITICS) (also Secretary) → ministre m
the British Foreign Secretary → le* ministre britannique des affaires étrangères(la)
the Defense Secretary (US)le* ministre de la défense(la)
secretary-general [ˌˈsɛkrətəriˈdʒɛnərəl] nsecrétaire mf général(e)
Secretary of State n
(British)ministre mf
the Secretary of State for Education → le* ministre de l'éducation(la)
(US)ministre mf des Affaires étrangères

secretary
n
Sekretär(in) m(f); (of society)Schriftführer(in) m(f); (esp US Pol: = minister) → Minister(in) m(f); secretary to the boardSchriftführer(in) m(f)
(= desk) = secretaire

secretary:
secretary bird
nSekretär m
secretary-general
n pl <secretaries-general, secretary-generals> → Generalsekretär(in) m(f)
Secretary of State
n (Brit) → Minister(in) m(f); (US) → Außenminister(in) m(f)
secretaryship
n (= office)Amt ntdes Schriftführers; (= period)Zeit fals Schriftführer

secretary [ˈsɛkrətrɪ] nsegretario/a

secretary (ˈsekrətəri) plural ˈsecretaries noun
1. a person employed to write letters, keep records and make business arrangements etc for another person. He dictated a letter to his secretary.
2. a (sometimes unpaid) person who deals with the official business of an organization etc. The secretary read out the minutes of the society's last meeting.
ˌsecreˈtarial (-ˈteə-) adjective
of a secretary or his/her duties. trained in secretarial work; at secretarial college.

secretary سِكْرِتير sekretářka sekretær Sekretär γραμματέας secretario sihteeri secrétaire tajnica segretario 秘書 비서 secretaresse sekretær sekretarz secretário секретарь sekreterare เลขานุการ sekreter thư ký 秘书


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