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secretary of state

or Secretary of State

noun

  1. the head and chief administrator of the U.S. Department of State. Compare foreign minister.
  2. British. any of several ministers in the British government:

    A new secretary of state for the Home Department has been appointed.

  3. (in the U.S.) the appointed or elected official in a state government whose chief function is to distribute statutes, administer elections, keep archives, etc.


secretary of state

noun

  1. (in Britain) the head of any of several government departments
  2. (in the US) the head of the government department in charge of foreign affairs ( State Department )
  3. (in certain US states) an official with various duties, such as keeping records


secretary of state

  1. The head of the United States Department of State and, as leading member of the cabinet , fourth in line of succession to the presidency. The secretary of state is charged with formulating American foreign policy and conducting relations with other nations.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of secretary of state1

First recorded in 1610–20
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Example Sentences

The first-lady-turned-senator-turned-secretary-of-state may ultimately decide not to run.

Secretary-of-State Seward was stabbed in his sick-bed by one of Booth's co-conspirators.

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