What does secretary mean?

Definitions for secretary
ˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr isec·re·tary

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word secretary.

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 type of job title with a specific role, responsibility, objectives and goals.

    The general secretary of the political party was a fair and just person.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 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

How to pronounce secretary?

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How to say secretary in sign language?

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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. Stuart Rothenberg:

    The mayor has not hidden his progressive beliefs and his view that the Democratic Party needs to address them, many remain skeptical about former Secretary Clinton's agenda, and it is not surprising that a high-profile mayor of New York would see himself as a leading spokesman for the progressive agenda.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I had a decision to make. Do we do a good job with Obamacare -- a remnant of Obamacare ? Or do we do a bad job ? If I do a bad job, well there you can blame Obama and the Democrats. If we do a good job, they'll get a little bit more credit, but it's still very faulty, it doesn't work and it's too expensive. And I told our great secretary( of Health and Human Services) Alex Azar,' Don't do a good job. Do a great job.'.

  3. Dan Brouillette:

    If confirmed, I will further Secretary Perry's legacy of promoting energy independence, innovation, and security for the American people.

  4. Trey Gowdy:

    But frankly, if you ask me, the eye witnesses on the ground that night in Benghazi are more important to me as a former prosecutor than the former secretary of state.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Hillary was absolutely a horrendous secretary of state, probably the worst ever. I would have to go really with the Republican.

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