secretary

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin secrētārius (one entrusted with secrets), from Latin secrētus (private, secret), past participle of secernere (to separate, set apart), from se- (apart) + cernere (to separate).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɛk.ɹəˌtə.ɹi/, /ˈsɛk.ɹə.tɹi/
  • (General American) enPR: sĕk'rətĕrē, IPA(key): /ˈsɛk(ɹ)əˌtɛɹi/, [ˈsɛk(ɹ)əˌtʰɛɹi]
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Noun[edit]

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secretary (plural secretaries)

  1. (obsolete) Someone entrusted with a secret; a confidant.
  2. (obsolete) Someone employed as a scribe for personal correspondence.
    • 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 3, page 220:
      "Do not give yourself any uneasiness about one so utterly unworthy of a thought! Sir George Kingston is without one grain of either honour or real feeling! The fact is, I have, for some months past, been his secretary, and wrote for him the letters which were sent you!"
  3. A person who keeps records, takes notes and handles general clerical work.
    I have a personal secretary to help me organize my clients.
    The secretary at the school is in charge of communication between parents, students, and staff.
  4. (often capitalized) The head of a department of government.
  5. A managerial or leading position in certain non-profit organizations, such as political parties, trade unions, international organizations.
    Ban Ki-Moon was a secretary general of the United Nations.
  6. (US) A type of desk, secretary desk; a secretaire.
  7. A secretary bird, a bird of the species Sagittarius serpentarius.

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secretary (third-person singular simple present secretaries, present participle secretarying, simple past and past participle secretaried)

  1. (transitive) To serve as a secretary of.

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