Meaning of “Secretary of State” in the English Dictionary

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"Secretary of State" in British English

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Secretary of Statenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌsek.rə.tər.i əv ˈsteɪt/ us /ˌsek.rə.ter.i əv ˈsteɪt/

also Secretary in the UK, a Member of Parliament who is in charge of a government department:

She became Secretary of State for Education after spending three years as Environment Secretary.

in the US, an important government official who has responsibility for relationships with the governments of other countries

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