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"secretary" in British English

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secretarynoun [C]

uk   /ˈsek.rə.tər.i/  us   /-ter.i/
  • secretary noun [C] (OFFICE)

A2 someone who ​works in an ​office, writing ​letters, making ​phonecalls, and ​arrangingmeetings for a ​person or for an ​organization: My secretary will ​phone you to ​arrange a ​meeting.

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  • secretary noun [C] (OFFICIAL)

an ​official who has ​responsibility for the ​generalmanagement of an ​organization: The company secretary has written to all the ​shareholders to ​apologize for the ​mistake.

Secretarynoun [C]

uk   /ˈsek.rə.təri/  us   /-ter.i/
UK a Secretary of State noun : the Foreign Secretary the Home Secretary US the ​head of a ​governmentdepartment, ​chosen by the ​president and not a ​member of a law-making ​group: the Secretary of Health and Human Services
(Definition of secretary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"secretary" in American English

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secretarynoun [C]

 us   /ˈsek·rɪˌter·i/
  • secretary noun [C] (OFFICE WORKER)

a ​person who ​works in an ​office and ​preparesletters, ​keepsrecords, ​schedulesmeetings, and makes other ​arrangements for a ​particularperson or for an ​organization
  • secretary noun [C] (GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL)

the ​head of a ​governmentdepartment: the Secretary of the Treasury
  • secretary noun [C] (WRITER)

an ​official in an ​organization who is ​responsible for writing ​notes about what ​happens at ​meetings and ​sendingofficialletters: Freya is ​running for secretary of the ​studentcouncil.
(Definition of secretary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"secretary" in Business English

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secretarynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsekrətəri/ (secretaries)
WORKPLACE someone who ​works in an ​office, writing ​letters, making ​telephonecalls, ​organizingmeetings, 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 ​governmentdepartment: 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 ​governmentdepartment appointed by the ​President: Secretary of Defense Defense/Commerce/Treasury Secretary
(Definition of secretary from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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