What does undersecretary mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. undersecretarynoun

    a secretary immediately subordinate to the head of a department of government


  1. undersecretarynoun

    An administrator immediately subordinate to a head of a government department or to a member of a cabinet

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Undersecretarynoun

    An inferiour or subordinate secretary.

    Etymology: under and secretary.

    The Jews have a tradition, that Elias sits in heaven, and keeps a register of all men’s actions, good or bad. He hath his under-secretaries for the several nations, that takes minutes of all that passes. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.


  1. Undersecretary

    Undersecretary (or under secretary) is a title for a person who works for and has a lower rank than a secretary (person in charge). It is used in the executive branch of government, with different meanings in different political systems, and is also used in other organizational settings. In government, the position may be a junior government minister (e.g. a parliamentary secretary) who assists a secretary of state. In other cases, the position may be a senior government official, frequently a career public servant, who typically acts as a senior administrator. The senior administrator may be considered a second-in-command to a politically appointed cabinet minister or other government official (e.g. in the United States), or they may be considered a head or chief executive of a government department (e.g. a permanent secretary). Some systems of government have both types of position, as in the United Kingdom where the title has been in use since the 17th century.


  1. undersecretary

    An undersecretary is a high-ranking government official who assists a department or agency head, often the Secretary, in managing and administering specific functions or operations. They are typically second or third in command within their respective department or agency. In some cases, an undersecretary may take over duties of the Secretary in their absence. The title and role may vary slightly from country to country and from department to department.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Undersecretarynoun

    a secretary who is subordinate to the chief secretary; an assistant secretary; as, an undersecretary of the Treasury


  1. Undersecretary

    An undersecretary is an executive government official in many countries, frequently a career public servant, who typically acts as a senior administrator or second-in-command to a politically appointed Cabinet Minister or other government official. The title is used in many different political systems.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Undersecretary

    un′dėr-sek-rē-tā-ri, n. a secretary subordinate to the principal secretary.—n. Undersec′retaryship.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of undersecretary in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of undersecretary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of undersecretary in a Sentence

  1. Labour Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz:

    I am deploying ... a fact-finding mission headed by Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad to meet with the workers, employers and competent authorities.

  2. Lloyd Austin:

    We've created a new tool kit that will help leaders identify service members who are struggling and connect service members and their families to resources and support programs, i've also directed the undersecretary Defense for Personnel and Readiness to develop a strategy and implementation roadmap within 90 days to strengthen food security across the force.

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