Meaning of “secretary” in the English Dictionary

"secretary" in British English

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secretarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsek.rə.tər.i/ us /ˈsek.rə.ter.i/

secretary noun [ C ] (OFFICE)

A2 someone who works in an office, writing letters, making phone calls, and arranging meetings for a person or for an organization:

My secretary will phone you to arrange a meeting.

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  • a competent secretary
  • Unless it's marked 'private', my secretary usually opens my post.
  • Their conversations were taken down in shorthand by a secretary.
  • Ever since our secretary walked out, the office has been in a state of chaos.
  • She works as a bilingual secretary for an insurance company.

Secretarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsek.rə.təri/ us /ˈsek.ter.i/

(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)

secretary noun [ C ] (GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL)

the head of a government department:

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 sending official letters:

Freya is running for secretary of the student council.

(Definition of “secretary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"secretary" in Business English

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secretarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsekrətəri/ us secretaries

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 Secretary
secretary 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

(Definition of “secretary” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)