secretary-general

[ sek-ri-ter-ee-jen-er-uh l ]
/ ˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr iˈdʒɛn ər əl /
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noun, plural sec·re·tar·ies-gen·er·al.

the head or chief administrative officer of a secretariat.

Nearby words

  1. secretariat,
  2. secretary,
  3. secretary bird,
  4. secretary of defense,
  5. secretary of state,
  6. secrete,
  7. secretin,
  8. secretion,
  9. secretive,
  10. secretively

Origin of secretary-general

First recorded in 1695–1705

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British Dictionary definitions for secretary-general

secretary-general

noun plural secretaries-general

a chief administrative official, as of the United Nations
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