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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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  • Many years librarian and private secretary to the Duke of Bedford.

  • But nary sign was there of a private secretary and assistant.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was reported once that a private secretary of the Governor's was going to marry her.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • He was the private secretary of the Viceroy, who was his maternal uncle.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • When he finally reached his office he summoned his private secretary.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Now, as private secretary, Balfour had snubbed this party repeatedly.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
  • I'd have called him my private secretary; I'd have treated him as my equal.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • This is from Aldridge, the private secretary of the Commander-in-chief.

    Barrington 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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