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"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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  • secretary noun [C] (OFFICIAL)

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

Secretarynoun [C]

uk   /ˈsek.rə.təri/  us   /ˈsek.ter.i/
UK a Secretary of State noun : the Foreign Secretary the Home Secretary
US the head of a government department, 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)

  • 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   us   /ˈsekrətəri/ (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 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
(Definition of secretary from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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