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or secretariate

[sek-ri-tair-ee-uh t] /ˌsɛk rɪˈtɛər i ət/
the officials or office entrusted with administrative duties, maintaining records, and overseeing or performing secretarial duties, especially for an international organization:
the secretariat of the United Nations.
a group or department of secretaries.
the place where a secretary transacts business, preserves records, etc.
Origin of secretariat
1805-15; < French secrétariat < Medieval Latin sēcrētāriātus. See secretary, -ate3 Unabridged
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  • Having found the secretariat, we explain that we are British travellers and desire to pay our respects to the Governor.

  • The secretariat were in a state of disturbance and expectation.

    Mystery at Geneva Rose Macaulay
  • Motor-cars hummed to and fro between the hotels and the secretariat, and inside them one saw delegates.

    Mystery at Geneva Rose Macaulay
  • “We've got bets in the secretariat on who will be the next,” she told him.

    Mystery at Geneva Rose Macaulay
  • He walked thoughtfully up from the landing stage to the secretariat, where he ascended to the room of Mr. Wilbraham.

    Mystery at Geneva Rose Macaulay
  • It must, however, be on record, both in Nuddea and in the Calcutta secretariat.

    The Origin of Finger-Printing William J. Herschel
British Dictionary definitions for secretariat


  1. an office responsible for the secretarial, clerical, and administrative affairs of a legislative body, executive council, or international organization
  2. the staff of such an office
  3. the building or rooms in which such an office is housed
a body of secretaries
a secretary's place of work; office
the position of a secretary
Word Origin
C19: via French from Medieval Latin sēcrētāriātus, from sēcrētāriussecretary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for secretariat

"office of secretary," 1811, from French secrétariat, from Medieval Latin secretariatus, from secretarius (see secretary). Meaning "division of the Central Committeee of the USSR" is from 1926, from Russian sekretariat.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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