n. (pl. -ies)
1. a person employed by an individual or in an office etc. to assist with correspondence, keep records, make appointments, etc.
2 an official appointed by a society etc. to conduct its correspondence, keep its records, etc.
3 (in the UK) the principal assistant of a government minister, ambassador, etc.
Phrases and idioms:
secretary bird a long-legged snake-eating African bird, Sagittarius serpentarius, with a crest likened to a quill pen stuck over a writer's ear. Secretary-General the principal administrator of an organization. Secretary of State
1. (in the UK) the head of a major government department.
2 (in the US) the chief government official responsible for foreign affairs.
secretarial adj. secretaryship n.
Etymology: ME f. LL secretarius (as SECRET)