What does Secretary mean?

Definitions for Secretary
ˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr isec·re·ta·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. secretarynoun

    a person who is head of an administrative department of government

  2. secretary, secretarial assistantnoun

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

  3. repository, secretarynoun

    a person to whom a secret is entrusted

  4. secretary, writing table, escritoire, secretairenoun

    a desk used for writing

Wiktionary

  1. secretarynoun

    Someone entrusted with a secret; a confidant.

  2. secretarynoun

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

  3. secretarynoun

    The head of a department of government.

  4. secretarynoun

    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. secretarynoun

    A type of desk; a secretaire.

  6. secretarynoun

    A species of bird; Sagittarius serpentarius.

  7. secretaryverb

    To serve as a secretary of.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Secretarynoun

    One entrusted with the management of business; one who writes for another.

    Etymology: secretaire, Fr. secretarius, low Latin.

    Call Gardiner to me, my new secretary. William Shakespeare.

    That which is most of all profitable is acquaintance with the secretaries, and employed men of ambassadors. Francis Bacon.

    Cottington was secretary to the prince. Edward Hyde.

Wikipedia

  1. Secretary

    A secretary, administrative professional, administrative assistant, executive assistant, administrative officer, administrative support specialist, clerk, military assistant, management assistant, office secretary, or personal assistant is a white-collar worker person whose work consists of supporting management, including executives, using a variety of project management, communication, or organizational skills within the area of administration. There is a diverse array of work experiences attainable within the administrative support field, ranging between internship, entry-level, associate, junior, mid-senior, and senior level pay bands with positions in nearly every industry. However, this role should not be confused with the role of an executive secretary, cabinet secretary such as cabinet members who hold the title of "secretary," or company secretary, all which differ from an administrative assistant. The functions of a personal assistant 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. Some high-level secretaries, administrative assistants, or executive assistants in the associate, junior, mid-senior, and senior level pay bands or those in an entry-level position that requires specialized knowledge acquired through a bachelor's degree or even a master's degree in a field pertinent to the organization's industry are specialized secretaries who generally assist senior executives and/or actively participate in the work of the organization such has having a hands-on involvement on the production of deliverables. Some non-secretarial positions such as legislative assistants, paralegals, judicial law clerks, clerks of the court, medical assistants, and medical scribes that require bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees to practice, have at times taken up duties identical to that of specialized secretaries and vice versa where specialized secretaries have taken up the tedious and repetitive research and recordkeeping tasks of persons they assist.

ChatGPT

  1. secretary

    A secretary is a person employed by an individual or in an office to assist with correspondence, keep records, make appointments, and carry out similar administrative tasks. They often serve as a primary point of contact for the individual or organization they work for, managing schedules and communications. They can also perform other duties depending on the nature of their employment, including transcription, note taking, data entry, and office management.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secretarynoun

    one who keeps, or is intrusted with, secrets

  2. Secretarynoun

    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. Secretarynoun

    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. Secretarynoun

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

  5. Secretarynoun

    the secretary bird

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Secretary

    sek′rē-tā-ri, n. one employed to write for another: a public officer entrusted with the affairs of a department of government, or of a company, &c.: a piece of furniture for writing, with drawers, pigeon-holes, &c. (also Secretaire′).—adj. Secretā′rial, pertaining to a secretary or his duties.—ns. Secretā′riate, the official position of secretary; Sec′retary-bird a raptorial serpent-eating bird resembling the crane, found in South Africa and the East—from the tufts of feathers at the back of its head like pens stuck behind the ear; Sec′retaryship.

Editors Contribution

  1. secretary

    A person with a defined, specific and accurate role, responsibilities, job description, employment contract and terms and agreement of employment.

    The intergovernmental secretary is an important role.


    Submitted by MaryC on August 14, 2020  

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Secretary in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Secretary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Secretary in a Sentence

  1. Josh Earnest:

    You should check with Secretary Clinton's team. I don't know the answer to that. I'm not aware of all the details of the arrangement.

  2. Priti Patel:

    The Foreign Secretary has been working with The Foreign Secretary American counterparts and has been in touch with the Priti Patel administration on this. It very much seems that the lady in question wants to start cooperating with the discussions and the investigations and we should support that, we need to ensure that justice is done but obviously that cooperation with this investigation takes place. That is absolutely right. We owe that to the family and obviously this is a terribly tragic case.

  3. Joe Biden:

    Kamala Harris was capable of being anything from president to vice president to secretary, to be a Supreme Court justice, to be an attorney general. I mean, but, you know, who controls that except the candidates themselves ?

  4. General John Nicholson:

    My reaffirmation of Secretary Pompeo's statement in which he said peace talks would include a discussion of international forces and that the United States is ready to work with the Taliban, the Afghan government and the Afghan people toward lasting peace was mischaracterized.

  5. Sara Carter:

    They were saying that in anticipation of Secretary Mayorkas’ visit that they were directed unwritten directives to basically clean everything up, make it look good, put people on busses, ship them out.

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