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noun French Furniture.
  1. any writing desk resembling a secretary.
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Origin of secretaire

1810–20; < French secrétaire secretary
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Historical Examples

  • She got up and went back to the secretaire, as if trying to restrain herself.

    The Fat and the Thin

    Emile Zola

  • 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

    Rafael Sabatini

  • She had closed and locked the secretaire and she handed the man the key.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • Mrs. Soher began to dust a secretaire, talking all the while to her niece.

    The Silver Lining

    John Roussel

British Dictionary definitions for secretaire


  1. an enclosed writing desk, usually having an upper cabinet section
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Word Origin

C19: from French secrétaire; see secretary
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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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