[ sek-ri-tair-ee-uhl ]


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

    a secretarial school.

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Other Words From

  • nonsec·re·tari·al adjective
  • subsec·re·tari·al adjective
  • unsec·re·tari·al adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of secretarial1

First recorded in 1795–1805; secretary + -al 1

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Example Sentences

My mother, after two years of college, got married and held secretarial and retail jobs.

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In high school, O’Leary did secretarial work at the Pentagon, where she developed an affinity for clerical record books and other bureaucratic items.

A prospective boss told young Cokie Roberts that women like her loved their dead-end secretarial jobs.

In March 1944, shortly before Joye Hummel graduated from the Katharine Gibbs secretarial school in Manhattan, she was invited to meet with one of her instructors, a charismatic psychologist who had been impressed by her essays on a take-home test.

I had been at secretarial college with those two girls [Valerie and her sister Mary], so I knew them very well.

After all, she was back in the same tired circle: the icy, gray streets of Detroit, back and forth to work at a secretarial job.

The British broadsheets called it “the most coveted secretarial job in the world.”

When I was in high school, I had a secretarial job at a fuel company in a small town in New Hampshire.

Draper told Lois that she was not made for a secretarial job.

She had done some secretarial work for a charity of which the duchess was patroness.

They'll probably tell you to take the next rocket back and report to the secretarial pool, I'm afraid.

He had discovered her among communist councils in Berlin and naïvely attached her as a part of Dorn's secretarial retinue.

Miss Conder's secretarial duties apparently left her wide margins of leisure which were always at the disposal of Miss Black.

Presently I seated myself at the table and recommenced my secretarial duties, while he went forth.