Definitions for secretaryˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sec•re•tar•yˈsɛk 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.

    Category: Government

  5. a diplomatic official who assists an ambassador or minister.

    Category: Government

  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.

    Category: Furniture

Origin of secretary:

1350–1400; ME secretarie one trusted with private or secret matters, confidant < ML sēcrētārius= L sēcrēt(um)secret (n.) +-ārius -ary


Princeton's WordNet

  1. secretary(noun)

    a person who is head of an administrative department of government

  2. secretary, secretarial assistant(noun)

    an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization

  3. repository, secretary(noun)

    a person to whom a secret is entrusted

  4. secretary, writing table, escritoire, secretaire(noun)

    a desk used for writing

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. secretary(noun)ˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr i

    sb who works for another person preparing letters, organizing meetings, etc.

    a legal secretary

  2. secretaryˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr i

    a member of an organization who is in charge of writing notes in meetings, sending letters, etc.

    the PTA secretary

  3. secretaryˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr i

    a government official who is the head of a department

    the Secretary of State


  1. secretary(Noun)

    Someone entrusted with a secret; a confidant.

  2. secretary(Noun)

    A person who keeps records, takes notes and handles general clerical work.

  3. secretary(Noun)

    The head of a department of government.

  4. secretary(Noun)

    A managerial or leading position in certain non-profit organizations, such as political parties, trade unions, international organizations.

    Ban Ki-Moon is the current secretary general of the United Nations.

  5. secretary(Noun)

    A type of desk; a secretaire.

  6. secretary(Noun)

    A species of bird; Sagittarius serpentarius.

  7. secretary(Verb)

    To serve as a secretary of.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secretary(noun)

    one who keeps, or is intrusted with, secrets

  2. Secretary(noun)

    a person employed to write orders, letters, dispatches, public or private papers, records, and the like; an official scribe, amanuensis, or writer; one who attends to correspondence, and transacts other business, for an association, a public body, or an individual

  3. Secretary(noun)

    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

  4. Secretary(noun)

    a piece of furniture, with conveniences for writing and for the arrangement of papers; an escritoire

  5. Secretary(noun)

    the secretary bird


  1. Secretary

    A secretary, personal assistant, or administrative assistant is a person whose work consists of supporting management, including executives, using a variety of project management, communication, or organizational skills. These functions may be entirely carried out to assist one other employee or may be for the benefit of more than one. In other situations a secretary is an officer of a society or organization who deals with correspondence, admits new members, and organizes official meetings and events. A secretary has many administrative duties. Traditionally, these duties were mostly related to correspondence, such as the typing out of letters, maintaining files of paper documents, etc. The advent of word processing has significantly reduced the time that such duties require, with the result that many new tasks have come under the purview of the secretary. These might include managing budgets and doing bookkeeping, maintaining websites, and making travel arrangements. Secretaries might manage all the administrative details of running a high-level conference or arrange the catering for a typical lunch meeting. Often executives will ask their assistant to take the minutes at meetings and prepare meeting documents for review.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'secretary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #622

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'secretary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #839

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'secretary' in Nouns Frequency: #238

Translations for secretary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person employed to write letters, keep records and make business arrangements etc for another person

He dictated a letter to his secretary.

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