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English definition of “permanent secretary”

permanent secretary

noun [C] uk   UK us  
a government official who belongs to the Civil Service (= the official departments responsible for putting government plans into action) rather than an elected governmentGovernment ministers and civil servants
(Definition of permanent secretary from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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