Meaning of “permanent secretary” in the English Dictionary

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"permanent secretary" in British English

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permanent secretarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌpɜː.mə.nənt ˈsek.rə.tər.i/ us /ˌpɝː.mə.nənt ˈsek.rə.ter.i/

(in the ) a government official who belongs to the Civil Service (= the official departments responsible for putting government plans into action) rather than an elected government

(Definition of “permanent secretary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)