secretariat

or sec·re·tar·i·ate

[ sek-ri-tair-ee-uh t ]
/ ˌsɛk rɪˈtɛər i ət /
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noun

the officials or office entrusted with administrative duties, maintaining records, and overseeing or performing secretarial duties, especially for an international organization: the secretariat of the United Nations.
a group or department of secretaries.
the place where a secretary transacts business, preserves records, etc.

Nearby words

  1. secreta,
  2. secretagog,
  3. secretagogue,
  4. secretaire,
  5. secretarial,
  6. secretary,
  7. secretary bird,
  8. secretary of defense,
  9. secretary of state,
  10. secretary-general

Origin of secretariat

1805–15; < French secrétariat < Medieval Latin sēcrētāriātus. See secretary, -ate3

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British Dictionary definitions for secretariat

secretariat

/ (ˌsɛkrɪˈtɛərɪət) /

noun

  1. an office responsible for the secretarial, clerical, and administrative affairs of a legislative body, executive council, or international organization
  2. the staff of such an office
  3. the building or rooms in which such an office is housed
a body of secretaries
a secretary's place of work; office
the position of a secretary

Word Origin for secretariat

C19: via French from Medieval Latin sēcrētāriātus, from sēcrētārius secretary

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Word Origin and History for secretariat

secretariat

n.

"office of secretary," 1811, from French secrétariat, from Medieval Latin secretariatus, from secretarius (see secretary). Meaning "division of the Central Committeee of the USSR" is from 1926, from Russian sekretariat.

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