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secretary

[ sek-ri-ter-ee ]
/ ˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr i /
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noun, plural sec·re·tar·ies.

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Origin of secretary

1350–1400; Middle English secretarie one trusted with private or secret matters; confidant <Medieval Latin sēcrētārius<Latin sēcrēt(um) secret (noun) + -ārius-ary

OTHER WORDS FROM secretary

sec·re·tar·y·ship, nounsub·sec·re·tar·y, noun, plural sub·sec·re·tar·ies.sub·sec·re·tar·y·ship, nounun·der·sec·re·tar·y·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for secretary

secretary
/ (ˈsɛkrətrɪ, -ərɪ) /

noun plural -taries

Derived forms of secretary

secretarial (ˌsɛkrɪˈtɛərɪəl), adjectivesecretaryship, noun

Word Origin for secretary

C14: from Medieval Latin sēcrētārius, from Latin sēcrētum something hidden; see secret
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