- any writing desk resembling a secretary.
Origin of secretaire
1810–20; < French secrétaire secretary
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Examples from the Web for secretaire
She got up and went back to the secretaire, as if trying to restrain herself.
She sat down at the secretaire, and glanced over the page of figures.
And he tapped the veneered top of the secretaire with his forefinger.The Lion's Skin
She had closed and locked the secretaire and she handed the man the key.The Green Rust
Mrs. Soher began to dust a secretaire, talking all the while to her niece.The Silver Lining
- an enclosed writing desk, usually having an upper cabinet section
C19: from French secrétaire; see secretary
Word Origin and History for secretaire
cabinet for private papers, 1771, from French secrétaire (13c.), from Medieval Latin secretarius (see secretary). Englished form secretary is attested in this sense from 1803.
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