Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[sek-ri-tair] /ˌsɛk rɪˈtɛər/
noun, French Furniture.
any writing desk resembling a secretary.
Origin of secretaire
1810-20; < French secrétaire secretary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for secretaire
Historical Examples
  • She got up and went back to the secretaire, as if trying to restrain herself.

  • She sat down at the secretaire, and glanced over the page of figures.

  • And he tapped the veneered top of the secretaire with his forefinger.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • She had closed and locked the secretaire and she handed the man the key.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • Mrs. Soher began to dust a secretaire, talking all the while to her niece.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • In the drawing-room only the secretaire and the floor beneath it had been burnt.

    Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Moreover, the appearance of the secretaire was against this theory.

    Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould
  • It was apparent, therefore, that the secretaire had been set on fire from below.

    Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould
  • A few days after his secretaire, d'Ambassade called on me with it.

  • I replied, "I know nothing about it, except that it was in your secretaire."

    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
British Dictionary definitions for secretaire


an enclosed writing desk, usually having an upper cabinet section
Word Origin
C19: from French secrétaire; see secretary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for secretaire

cabinet for private papers, 1771, from French secrétaire (13c.), from Medieval Latin secretarius (see secretary). Englished form secretary is attested in this sense from 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for secretaire

Word Value for secretaire

Scrabble Words With Friends