a person who attends to the individual or confidential correspondence, files, etc., of a business executive, official, or the like.
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Origin of private secretary
First recorded in 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for private secretary
He was Orion's private secretary, but there was no private-secretary work to do, and no salary attached to the position.The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 1, 1853-1866|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He had not changed in the least; he probably never would change from being the private-secretary type of lawyer.The Clarion|Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for 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 officialCompare parliamentary private secretary
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