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under secretary

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[ uhn-der-sek-ri-ter-ee ]
/ 藞蕦n d蓹r藞s蓻k r瑟藢t蓻r i /
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noun (often initial capital letters)
an official who is subordinate to a principal secretary, as in the U.S. cabinet: Under Secretary of the Treasury.
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Origin of under secretary

First recorded in 1680鈥90
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British Dictionary definitions for under secretary

undersecretary
/ (藢蕦nd蓹藞s蓻kr蓹tr瑟) /

noun plural -taries
(in Britain)
  1. any of various senior civil servants in certain government departments
  2. short for undersecretary of state: any of various high officials subordinate only to the minister in charge of a department
(in the US) a high government official subordinate only to the secretary in charge of a department

Derived forms of undersecretary

undersecretaryship, noun
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