secretary

[ sek-ri-ter-ee ]
/ ˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr i /

noun, plural sec·re·tar·ies.

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

Related forms

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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secretary

/ (ˈsɛkrətrɪ, -ərɪ) /

noun plural -taries


Derived Forms

secretarial (ˌsɛkrɪˈtɛərɪəl), adjectivesecretaryship, noun

Word Origin for secretary

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