noun, plural sec·re·tar·ies.
Origin of secretary
Related Words for secretaryassistant, clerk, receptionist, typist, bureau, davenport, escritoire, secretaire
Examples from the Web for secretary
Contemporary Examples of secretary
And compare, as noted up top, to Secretary Clinton, who spent years quietly pushing a modernized Cuba policy.Rubio’s Embargo Anger Plays to the Past
December 19, 2014
Even Defense Secretary Gates, at least for a time, was open to the notion.
In order to withhold the photographs, the secretary of defense must certify that photographs could cause harm to Americans.
ALEC echoed the ideology of Charles Wilson, the first Defense Secretary in the Eisenhower administration.The Left’s Answer to ALEC
December 15, 2014
But the president and secretary need to be very careful here.The Inside Story of U.S. Meddling in Israel’s Elections
Aaron David Miller
December 4, 2014
Historical Examples of secretary
"Been and gone," was the secretary's answer, with the terseness characteristic of her.
The secretary's voice was mechanical, without any trace of feeling.
He paused, evidently expectant of laudatory corroboration from the secretary.
But the effort on the secretary's part was wholly without success.
When Smithson had left the office, Gilder turned to his secretary.
noun plural -taries
Word Origin for secretary
late 14c., "person entrusted with secrets," from Medieval Latin secretarius "clerk, notary, confidential officer, confidant," a title applied to various confidential officers, noun use of adjective meaning "private, secret, pertaining to private or secret matters" (cf. Latin secretarium "a council-chamber, conclave, consistory"), from Latin secretum "a secret, a hidden thing" (see secret (n.)).
Meaning "person who keeps records, write letters, etc.," originally for a king, first recorded c.1400. As title of ministers presiding over executive departments of state, it is from 1590s. The word also is used in both French and English to mean "a private desk," sometimes in French form secretaire. The South African secretary bird so called (1786) in reference to its crest, which, when smooth, resembles a pen stuck over the ear. Cf. Late Latin silentiarius "privy councilor, 'silentiary," from Latin silentium "a being silent."