under secretary

or un·der·sec·re·tar·y


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.

Origin of under secretary

First recorded in 1680–90
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Examples from the Web for under secretary

Historical Examples of under secretary

  • Colonel Hofferman asked himself as he entered the Under-Secretary's room.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • Some words in cipher followed, and an under-secretary's initials.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • The result is that I carry with me a letter from the Under-Secretary in which he explains his views.

  • "My father's under-secretary of the War Office," said Frank.

    Priscilla's Spies

    George A. Birmingham

  • There is a fellow called Sparrow, an under-secretary at the Castle.