[sek-ri-tair-ee-uh l]


noting, of, or pertaining to a secretary or a secretary's skills and work: a secretarial school.

Origin of secretarial

First recorded in 1795–1805; secretary + -al1
Related formsnon·sec·re·tar·i·al, adjectivesub·sec·re·tar·i·al, adjectiveun·sec·re·tar·i·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of secretarial

Historical Examples of secretarial

  • If you do the part, I would like to have a talk with you about the secretarial duties.

  • She could not sit all morning simply talking to him; that might be social but not secretarial.

    Good References

    E. J. Rath

  • Neither Pryce nor Mast had cared to undertake the secretarial work.

  • The clerical force were thrilled and enraptured with their secretarial occupation!


    George Madden Martin

  • Then she drew her secretarial manner like a veil over her face.

    The Second Fiddle

    Phyllis Bottome

Word Origin and History for secretarial

1801, from stem of secretary (Medieval Latin secretarius) + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper