Definition of 'secretary'


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1. US A type of desk; a secretaire.

2. obsolete Someone entrusted with a secret; a confidant.

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

4. often capitalized The head of a department of government.

5. A species of bird; Sagittarius serpentarius.

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

7. An official who presides over an administrative department of state.

8. A desk with a small bookcase on top.

9. An officer who keeps records, takes minutes of the meetings, and answers correspondence, as for a company.

10. A person employed to handle correspondence, keep files, and do clerical work for another person or an organization.

11. A piece of furniture, with conveniences for writing and for the arrangement of papers; an escritoire.

12. 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

13. rare One who keeps, or is intrusted with, secrets.

14. (Zoöl.) A large long-legged raptorial bird (Gypogeranus serpentarius), native of South Africa, but now naturalized in the West Indies and some other tropical countries. It has a powerful hooked beak, a crest of long feathers, and a long tail. It feeds upon reptiles of various kinds, and is much prized on account of its habit of killing and devouring snakes of all kinds. Called also serpent eater.

15. 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.

16. a person to whom a secret is entrusted

17. a person who is head of an administrative department of government

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

19. In printing, a kind of script type in imitation of an engrossing-hand.

20. A person who conducts correspondence, keeps minutes, etc., for another or others, as for an individual, a corporation, a society, or a committee, and who is charged with the general conduct of the business arising out of or requiring such correspondence, or the making of such records, etc.: as, a private secretary. Abbreviated Sec., sec.

21. One who is intrusted with private or secret matters; a confidential officer or attendant; a confidant.

22. The secretary-bird or crane-vulture, Serpentarius secretarius.

23. A piece of furniture comprising a table or shelf for writing, and drawers, and pigeonholes for the keeping of papers: usually a high cabinet-shaped piece, as distinguished from a writing-table or desk.

24. An officer of state who is charged with the superintendence and management of a particular department of government.

25. transitive To serve as a secretary of.


1. The question was whether that would satisfy the foreign secretary.

2. He argued that the roles of general counsel and company secretary were too often merged at large corporations.

3. The shadow home secretary said Government plans for a fresh look did not go far enough.

4. That's why we are determined to strengthen the role of ministers in permanent secretary appointments.

5. Then the Stoke club secretary was diagnosed with cancer and died within two weeks.

6. He was the club 's temporary secretary earlier in the season and is media officer.

7. The shadow business secretary mocked his leader's belief that allowances would encourage couples to tie the knot.

8. All these departments have secretaries.

9. If you are fairly confident, it is worth looking at some letters from top secretaries in your company to see how they are presented.

10. Is it right for the business secretary to be'at war' with any business?

11. It has restructured its board to meet the Combined Code and hired a head of investor relations and company secretary.

12. Or the permanent secretary at the department for the environment could slip a couple of badgers into his satchel when they are discussing TB.

13. I've seen or spoken to almost two dozen transport secretaries or ministers since the 1980s.

14. So we're going to do away with the title secretary and we're going to make up another bulls--- title called Area Associate.

15. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/-- The term secretary in the past was defined as "distinguished" or

16. I used to work for him and the secretary is a friend ... so back I went.

17. ‘If necessary, counsel may contact my secretary to arrange an appointment to speak to the issue of costs on this motion.’

18. ‘One guy a few years back asked me whether he should call back and make an appointment with my secretary to talk to me.’

19. ‘There is a story doing the rounds about a city lawyer who asked an office secretary to pay £4 towards his dry cleaning bill.’

20. ‘She was then working as a secretary to Tambimuttu in that chaotic Poetry London office in Manchester Square.’

21. ‘She waited for the secretary to pick up and transfer her to Sarah's office, where she was on her break.’

22. ‘With that, he turned and walked out of his office, calling for his secretary to get her anything she needed, a drink or anything.’

23. ‘A former England player who roomed with him now has to call Hoddle's secretary to get an appointment to speak to him.’

24. ‘It didn't matter that Kyle had a newborn baby, or that Ryan drank too much, or that Tom was carrying on a secret affair with a secretary in the office.’

25. ‘After leaving the firm, I found out that people from my secretary to my CEO knew I was gay.’

26. ‘There is no office secretary to answer calls or take messages, no student assistants to run errands.’

27. ‘Despite being in his office, the editor, Martin Newland, requested his secretary to say he was ‘unavailable for comment’.’

28. ‘Additional staff is needed to run rural branch surgeries, which restricts partners' ability to employ secretaries and administrators.’

29. ‘Englehardt explained that in fact plenty of people had seen it, and he sent his secretary to fetch some.’

30. ‘He is even considerate enough to take time from his day to answer fan mail personally rather than getting a secretary to do it for him.’

31. ‘Since it was written in shorthand, he had to ask his secretary to interpret it.’

32. ‘She started in a law firm as the boss's secretary typing his letters and papers.’

33. ‘I entered the office, dumping the counseling folder on the secretary's desk.’

34. ‘Already a bunch of freshmen had lined up at the secretary's desk.’

35. ‘He pushed the door open and walked up to the secretary's desk.’

36. ‘She is reportedly the lowest paid secretary in the department.’

37. ‘The tuning of the City Hall organ is ongoing, and every night, the secretary of the Organ Society, David Smit, spends several hours tuning the instrument.’

38. ‘This is borne out by a letter of April 11, from the solicitors to the area secretary of the Law society.’

39. ‘It was provided to the Foreign Office by the secretary to the World Jewish Council, who in turn had received it from a source in Berlin.’

40. ‘He was heavily involved in coaching and administration and was secretary to the national cycling association.’

41. ‘Well, he is the appointments secretary and administrator for all referees outside of the Football League.’

42. ‘And Dr. Sue Bailey is a former assistant defense secretary for health affairs.’

43. ‘Perle is a commentator on defense issues and a former US assistant secretary of defense.’

44. ‘In 1996, he became the sixth deputy assistant secretary of defense for Policy and Missions.’

45. ‘Wolfowitz is US deputy defence secretary and widely regarded as the chief intellectual architect of the Iraq war.’

46. ‘Taft, a former deputy defence secretary under President Ronald Reagan, was the man to do that.’

47. ‘Reminded that was not what the shadow health secretary had said, Boris preferred to keep digging.’

48. ‘He was provincial general secretary of Leon for 11 years.’

49. ‘The British Home secretary announced today that marijuana will be rescheduled as a Class C drug.’

50. ‘I also tried to contact the Permanent secretary in Bisho without success.’

51. ‘Michael Ancram, shadow foreign secretary, played down talk of a rift.’

52. ‘In London, shadow foreign secretary Michael Ancram said Buttiglione's withdrawal raised some disturbing issues.’

53. ‘She immediately contacted the British secretary of war and volunteered her time and skills.’

54. ‘But in the meantime the education secretary announced £200m extra for university research.’

55. ‘The education secretary at the time, Kenneth Baker, was more moderate.’

56. ‘Yet the new treasury secretary nominee turned out not to be much of an improvement.’

57. ‘Returning from Europe in 1783, Jay served Congress as secretary for foreign affairs for the next six years.’

58. ‘As secretary of commerce, Hoover himself drafted much of the legislation.’

59. ‘The secretary of Commerce must consult with the Department of Justice before issuing such a certificate.’

60. ‘Fillmore instructed his attorney general and the secretary of the Navy to arrest the king.’

61. ‘The secretary of the Navy, Gordon England, has dismissed these allegations.’

62. ‘The secretary of agriculture already has gathered input on issues for the next bill.’

63. ‘But there's a new Army secretary in charge.’

64. ‘One priest was accredited as First secretary at the Italian Embassy.’

65. ‘The 1986 legislation also specified the responsibilities of each service secretary to the defense secretary.’

66. ‘In 1992 former secretary to the office of Governor-General, Sir David Smith, wrote.’

67. ‘We need the president to go there and also tell the treasury secretary to certify that it's happening.’

68. the secretary in that firm does excellent work

Other users have misspelling secretary as:

1. secretaria 7.66%

2. secretery 4.6%

3. secratary 3.5%

4. secretario 3.06%

5. secretar 2.84%

6. secratery 2.63%

7. segretaria 2.41%

8. secretarty 1.97%

9. secrtary 1.75%

10. secutary 1.75%

11. Other 56.45%

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