[si-kond-muh nt]

noun British.

the transfer of a military officer or corporate executive to another post for temporary duty.

Origin of secondment

First recorded in 1895–1900; second3 + -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for secondment



British a temporary transfer to another job or post within the same organization

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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