secretary of state


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secretary of state

n. pl. secretaries of state
1.
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.
2. A high-ranking administrative official in a nation's government.

secretary of state

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) the head of any of several government departments
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the US) the head of the government department in charge of foreign affairs (State Department)
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in certain US states) an official with various duties, such as keeping records

secretary of state

The head of a government department, for example foreign affairs or defense.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Secretary of State - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of State; "the first Secretary of State was Thomas Jefferson"
secretary - a person who is head of an administrative department of government
2.secretary of state - a government minister for foreign relationssecretary of state - a government minister for foreign relations
government minister, minister - a person appointed to a high office in the government; "Minister of Finance"
3.Secretary of State - the position of the head of the State Department; "the position of Secretary of State was established in 1789"
secretaryship - the position of secretary
United States Cabinet, US Cabinet - a board to advise the President; members are the secretaries of executive departments; the United States constitution does not provide for the cabinet
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Secretary of State

n (Brit) → ministro (Am) → segretario di Statoministro degli Esteri
Secretary of State for Education (Brit) → ministro della Pubblica Istruzione
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The Duke paused, in his way across the crowded reception rooms, to speak to his host, Sir Edward Bransome, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
To be Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the greatest power which the world had as yet known must certainly seem, on paper, to be as brilliant a post as a man's ambition could covet.
Monroe, then secretary of state, requesting protection from the government of the United States.
But your idea of assurances over there," said the great man, with a contemptuous wave of his hand towards a window giving on the broad thoroughfare, "seems to consist mainly in making the Secretary of State look a fool.
This was Speranski, Secretary of State, reporter to the Emperor and his companion at Erfurt, where he had more than once met and talked with Napoleon.
Colbert, placed with Michel Letellier, secretary of state in 1648, by his cousin Colbert, Seigneur de Saint-Penange, who protected him, received one day from the minister a commission for Cardinal Mazarin.
Spenser was advanced at court, and soon after went to Ireland in the train of the Lord-Deputy as Secretary of State.
I earnestly hoped and prayed that he might die before the Recorder's Report was made, but, in the dread of his lingering on, I began that night to write out a petition to the Home Secretary of State, setting forth my knowledge of him, and how it was that he had come back for my sake.
A prey to the most harrowing anxieties and apprehensions, he went from magistrate to magistrate, and finally to the Secretary of State.
Then,' said Mr Gregsbury, 'it would be necessary for him to make himself acquainted, from day to day, with newspaper paragraphs on passing events; such as "Mysterious disappearance, and supposed suicide of a potboy," or anything of that sort, upon which I might found a question to the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
This lady was the daughter of Nicholas de Camus, who arrived in Paris with twenty francs in his pocket, became secretary of state, and accumulated wealth enough to divide nine millions of francs among his children and to keep an income of forty thousand for himself.
Fang was at that moment perusing a leading article in a newspaper of the morning, adverting to some recent decision of his, and commending him, for the three hundred and fiftieth time, to the special and particular notice of the Secretary of State for the Home Department.

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