- 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 undersecretary
He thought he would earn some points with her considering her opposition to him taking the job as undersecretary.Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can’t Stop Another Snowden
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Dov Zakheim 2003: Undersecretary of Defense as comptroller for the Pentagon.Few Regrets as Neoconservative Advocates for Iraq Invasion Look Back
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From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs.
Previously, Ambassador Hughes served President George W. Bush as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.
And as undersecretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, she has a historic workload.Hillary's Human Rights Warrior
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Was Undersecretary for the Colonies in a late Administration.Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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The Undersecretary made an answer to one of Simon's remarks.
Mr. Undersecretary, who's been doing all the fighting, and who's been starting all these wars?
Goulburn was a young man who had served as an undersecretary of state.Jefferson and his Colleagues
John Harris Darby, first undersecretary, was dispatched in his place.Bear Trap
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- (in Britain)
- any of various senior civil servants in certain government departments
- 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
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