or sec·re·tar·i·ate

[sek-ri-tair-ee-uh t]


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.

Origin of secretariat

1805–15; < French secrétariat < Medieval Latin sēcrētāriātus. See secretary, -ate3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for secretariat

Contemporary Examples of secretariat

Historical Examples of secretariat

  • He's got a job at the secretariat, and he tries to help me all he can.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • Mr. Burgesss health was undermined by excessive work in the secretariat.

    A Civil Servant in Burma

    Herbert Thirkel White

  • An increase to the Secretariat had been sanctioned in April, 1887.

    The Pacification of Burma

    Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite

  • “We've got bets in the Secretariat on who will be the next,” she told him.

    Mystery at Geneva

    Rose Macaulay

  • The Secretariat were in a state of disturbance and expectation.

    Mystery at Geneva

    Rose Macaulay

British Dictionary definitions for secretariat



  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for secretariat

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper