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Definitions of secretary

  1. a desk used for writing
  2. an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization
  3. a person who is head of an administrative department of government
  4. One who keeps, or is intrusted with, secrets.
  5. 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.
  6. A piece of furniture, with conveniences for writing and for the arrangement of papers; an escritoire.
  7. One who attends to correspondence and business for a company or an individual; an executive who transacts the business of a government department; a writing desk.
  8. Secretarial.
  9. A writing- desk.
  10. One employed to write for another: a public officer intrusted with the affairs of a department of government, or of a company, etc.
  11. SECRETARYSHIP.
  12. One who writes for another; head of a department of government; piece of furniture arranged for writing.
  13. One who attends to correspondence, records, etc.
  14. A head of a governmental department.
  15. A person employed by a public body, a company, or an individual to write orders, letters, despatches, & c.; one who conducts the affairs of a public company or a particular department of Government.
  16. A confidential person employed to assist another in conducting correspondence, in drawing out documents, & c.; the chief or head clerk of a man of business, or of a public company; a minister of state intrusted with the management of a particular department of public business; a bird living almost wholly on snakes, remarkable for its very long legs, found at the Cape of Good Hope- so called from the tuft of feathers behind the head bearing a fancied resemblance to a pen stuck behind a man's ear.
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Usage examples for secretary

  1. You don't say as how- You can fetch down a Secretary or someone, I hope? – News from the Duchy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  2. Your father's- er- secretary, I think? – The Twelfth Hour by Ada Leverson
  3. The general was now much concerned about his secretary. – The Life and Adventures of Maj. Roger Sherman Potter by "Pheleg Van Trusedale" A pseudonym for Francis Colburn Adams
  4. The secretary opened the door, and, sure enough, the Clutching Hand entered. – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve
  5. This enemy was M. de Chavigny: he was secretary of state, and had also the war department. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  6. Orange returned with confidence to his own house, which was close to the citadel, and therefore far removed from the proposed point of attack, but he had hardly arrived there when he received a visit from the Duke's private secretary, Quinsay, who invited him to accompany his Highness on a visit to the camp. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  7. She had a hat and suit bought in Paris, France; and a secretary is only human. – Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber
  8. Tippy came in soon after Richard left and sat down at the secretary. – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  9. " The secretary of war wishes to see you at once," he said. – My Memories of Eighty Years by Chauncey M. Depew
  10. " That is Mr. Packard's secretary," said she. – The Mayor's Wife by Anna Katherine Green
  11. Hoppy Davery pressed another button and a secretary entered with papers. – Star Performer by Robert J. Shea
  12. Does your secretary live in your family? – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  13. " I have been longing to see you, Duchesse, to ask you if you could help me to find out who my secretary, Miss Sharp, is? – Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn
  14. He sent it by his secretary, didn't he? – The Journal of Arthur Stirling "The Valley of the Shadow" by Upton Sinclair
  15. " A secretary," suggested Ida. – At Love's Cost by Charles Garvice
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