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[si-kond-muh nt]
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noun British.
  1. the transfer of a military officer or corporate executive to another post for temporary duty.
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Origin of secondment

First recorded in 1895–1900; second3 + -ment
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Related Words for secondment

help, assistance, encouragement, sponsorship, subsidy, advocacy, endorsement, aid, patronage, championship, grant, funds, reinforcement, aegis, abetment, sanction, adherence, accompaniment, auspices, championing

British Dictionary definitions for secondment


  1. British a temporary transfer to another job or post within the same organization
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Word Origin for secondment

C19: from French en second in second rank (or position)
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Word Origin and History for secondment


1897, from second (v.) + -ment.

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