noun the secretary bird.
2. secretary ·noun one who keeps, or is intrusted with, secrets.
3. secretary ·noun a piece of furniture, with conveniences for writing and for the arrangement of papers; an escritoire.
4. secretary ·noun a person employed to write orders, letters, dispatches, public or private papers, records, and the like; an official scribe, amanuensis, or writer; one who attends to correspondence, and transacts other business, for an association, a public body, or an individual.
5. secretary ·noun an officer of state whose business is to superintend and manage the affairs of a particular department of government, and who is usually a member of the cabinet or advisory council of the chief executive; as, the secretary of state, who conducts the correspondence and attends to the relations of a government with foreign courts; the secretary of the treasury, who manages the department of finance; the secretary of war, ·etc.