noun, plural sec·re·tar·ies.
Origin of secretary
Examples from the Web for secretary
And compare, as noted up top, to Secretary Clinton, who spent years quietly pushing a modernized Cuba policy.
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.
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|DAILY BEAST
If not in the Government plan the secretary would under-take to make such a map.
In that way he could edit the letters before his secretary saw them.Tales Of Men And Ghosts|Edith Wharton
Therewith he fled, and the secretary suddenly found himself confronting a new idea.The Herapath Property|J. S. Fletcher
I beg leave particularly to call your attention to the accompanying report from the Secretary of War.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Tyler|Compiled by James D. Richardson
A secretary may quarrel with the President, or he may have the gout, or be convicted of peculation.The Duke's Children|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for secretary
noun plural -taries
Word Origin for secretary
Word Origin and History 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."