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English definition of “Secretary of State”

Secretary of State

noun [C]    
(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. Was the conference a success, Foreign Secretary?Government ministers and civil servants in the US, an important government official who has responsibility for relationships with the governments of other countriesUnited States politics and government
(Definition of Secretary of State noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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