What does secretary mean?

Definitions for secretary
ˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr isec·re·tary

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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

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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  

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. Mark Esper:

    We are not abandoning our Kurdish partner forces and Defense Secretary Mark Esper troops remain with them in other parts of Syria, we remain in close coordination with Syrian Democratic Forces who helped us destroy the physical caliphate of ISIS, but I will not place American service members in the middle of a longstanding conflict between the Turks and the Kurds, this is not why we are in Syria.

  2. Tod Wolters:

    Combatant commanders, specifically Tod Wolters and Phil Davidson from INDOPACOM, have both expressed to the Secretary the need to accelerate the flow of vaccines mostly for the dependents of our military members in Europe and for Phil Davidson in the Pacific, and up to this point we've probably been a little bit off balance.

  3. Mark Esper:

    We learned that several days prior, Secretary Spencer had proposed a deal whereby if the President allowed the Navy to handle the case, he would guarantee that Eddie Gallagher would be restored to rank, allowed to retain his Trident and permitted to retire.

  4. Bob Menendez:

    I don’t expect diplomacy to be negotiated out in the open, but I do expect for someone who is the nominee to be secretary of state, when he speaks with committee leadership and is asked specific questions about North Korea, to share some insights about such a visit.

  5. Jason Chaffetz:

    The law requires him to seek permission … from the secretary of state and the Department of Defense, the response we’re getting [from those agencies] is there is no information, and that, we believe, is the potential violation.

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