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See also: Secretary
- secretarie (obsolete)
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”).
- (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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secretary (plural secretaries)
- (obsolete) Someone entrusted with a secret; a confidant.
- (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!"
- 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.
- (often capitalized) The head of a department of government.
- 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.
- (US) A type of desk, secretary desk; a secretaire.
- A secretary bird, a bird of the species Sagittarius serpentarius.
person keeping records and handling clerical work
head of a department of government
leading or managerial position in certain organizations
type of desk
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- (transitive) To serve as a secretary of.
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:secretary.