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private secretary

a person who attends to the individual or confidential correspondence, files, etc., of a business executive, official, or the like.
Origin of private secretary
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • With one sweep of her arms the private secretary gathered Marjorie to her breast.

    The Incubator Baby Ellis Parker Butler
  • I am now with the Viscount de Mussidan, as his private secretary.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • The confidence reposed in the private secretary was not misplaced.

  • The position of private secretary to a tropical president is a responsible one.

  • I wish you, as my private secretary, to at once take charge of the office.

    Solaris Farm Milan C. Edson
  • He was the private secretary of the Viceroy, who was his maternal uncle.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • Her duties as Scriven's private secretary apparently included the role of a first lady for Cephalon.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • Now, as private secretary, Balfour had snubbed this party repeatedly.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for private secretary

private secretary

a secretary entrusted with the personal and confidential matters of a business executive
a civil servant who acts as aide to a minister or senior government official Compare parliamentary private secretary
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