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Definitions of secretary

  1. an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. One who keeps, or is intrusted with, secrets. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. An officer of state whose business is to superintend and manage the affairs of a particular department of government, and who is usually a member of the cabinet or advisory council of the chief executive; as, the secretary of state, who conducts the correspondence and attends to the relations of a government with foreign courts; the secretary of the treasury, who manages the department of finance; the secretary of war, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A piece of furniture, with conveniences for writing and for the arrangement of papers; an escritoire. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. One who attends to correspondence and business for a company or an individual; an executive who transacts the business of a government department; a writing desk. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A writing-desk. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. One employed to write for another: a public officer intrusted with the affairs of a department of government, or of a company, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. SECRETARYSHIP. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. One who writes for another; head of a department of government; piece of furniture arranged for writing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. One who attends to correspondence, records, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A head of a governmental department. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A person employed by a public body, a company, or an individual to write orders, letters, despatches, &c.; one who conducts the affairs of a public company or a particular department of Government. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. A confidential person employed to assist another in conducting correspondence, in drawing out documents, &c.; the chief or head clerk of a man of business, or of a public company; a minister of state intrusted with the management of a particular department of public business; a bird living almost wholly on snakes, remarkable for its very long legs, found at the Cape of Good Hope-so called from the tuft of feathers behind the head bearing a fancied resemblance to a pen stuck behind a man's ear. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. Secretarial. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for secretary

  1. You don't say as how- You can fetch down a Secretary or someone, I hope? – News from the Duchy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  2. Your father's- er- secretary I think? – The Twelfth Hour by Ada Leverson
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