› WORKPLACE someone who works in an office, writing letters, making telephone calls, organizing meetings, etc. for other people: She works at the International Convention Centre as a secretary. When I called, her secretary said she was in a meeting.
› used in the names of some officials with particular responsibilities in some organizations: The secretary takes the minutes of the meeting.
› (also Secretary) GOVERNMENT in the UK, a Member of Parliament or Member of the House of Lords who is in charge of a government department: Energy/Home/Foreign Secretarysecretary of sth He is a member of the Efficiency Commission and a former secretary of commerce. the Secretary of State for Health
› (also Secretary, abbreviation Secy.) GOVERNMENT in the US, the head of a government department appointed by the President: Secretary of Defense Defense/Commerce/Treasury Secretary → See also company secretary, corporate secretary, executive secretary, general secretary, press secretary