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under secretary

or undersecretary

[uhn-der-sek-ri-ter-ee] /ˈʌn dərˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr i/
noun, (often initial capital letters)
an official who is subordinate to a principal secretary, as in the U.S. cabinet:
Under Secretary of the Treasury.
Origin of under secretary
First recorded in 1680-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The undersecretary of the Speaker was a friend of his; sometimes he gave him advice about playing the market.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
  • Mr. undersecretary, who's been doing all the fighting, and who's been starting all these wars?

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • Was undersecretary for the Colonies in a late Administration.

  • Goulburn was a young man who had served as an undersecretary of state.

  • Then, without a sign of emotion or recognition he went back to staring at the undersecretary with an intensity almost violent.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
British Dictionary definitions for undersecretary


noun (pl) -taries
(in Britain)
  1. any of various senior civil servants in certain government departments
  2. short for undersecretary of state: any of various high officials subordinate only to the minister in charge of a department
(in the US) a high government official subordinate only to the secretary in charge of a department
Derived Forms
undersecretaryship, noun
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