• WordNet 3.6
    • n secretary a desk used for writing
    • n secretary a person to whom a secret is entrusted
    • n secretary an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization
    • n secretary a person who is head of an administrative department of government
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1976, a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a fifty pound rock. More than twenty people witnessed the ceremony
    • Secretary 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. "That which is most of all profitable is acquaintance with the secretaries , and employed men of ambassadors."
    • Secretary A piece of furniture, with conveniences for writing and for the arrangement of papers; an escritoire.
    • Secretary 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.
    • Secretary One who keeps, or is intrusted with, secrets.
    • Secretary (Zoöl) The secretary bird.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An average secretary's left hand does 56% of the typing.
    • n secretary One who is intrusted with private or secret matters; a confidential officer or attendant; a confidant.
    • n secretary A person who conducts correspondence, keeps minutes, etc., for another or others, as for an individual, a corporation, a society, or a committee, and who is charged with the general conduct of the business arising out of or requiring such correspondence, or the making of such records, etc.: as, a private secretary. Abbreviated Sec., sec.
    • n secretary An officer of state who is charged with the superintendence and management of a particular department of government. In the British government there are five secretaries of state—namely, those for the home, foreign, colonial, war, and Indian departments. The Secretary of State for the Home Department has charge of the privy signet office, and is responsible for the internal administration of justice, the maintenance of peace in the country, the supervision of prisons, police, sanitary affairs, etc. The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs conducts all correspondence with foreign states, negotiates treaties, appoints ambassadors, etc. The Colonial Secretary performs for the colonial dependencies similar functions to those of the Home Secretary for the United Kingdom. The Secretary of State for War, assisted by the commander-in-chief, has the entire control of the army; the office dates from 1855, when the office of Secretary at War was merged into it. The Secretary for India governs the affairs of that country with the assistance of a council. Each secretary of state is assisted by two under-secretaries, one permanent and the other connected with the administration. The Chief Secretary for Ireland is not a secretary of state, though his office entails the performance of duties similar to those performed by the secretaries of state.
    • n secretary A piece of furniture comprising a table or shelf for writing, and drawers, and pigeonholes for the keeping of papers: usually a high cabinet-shaped piece, as distinguished from a writing-table or desk.
    • n secretary In printing, a kind of script type in imitation of an engrossing-hand.
    • n secretary The secretary-bird or crane-vulture, Serpentarius secretarius.
    • secretary Of a secretary; clerkly: noting a style of handwriting such as is used in engrossing.
    • secretary Knowing secrets; confidential; able to keep a secret.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Nixon's Secretaries of State have won Noble Peace Prizes.
    • n Secretary sek′rē-tā-ri one employed to write for another: a public officer entrusted with the affairs of a department of government, or of a company, &c.: a piece of furniture for writing, with drawers, pigeon-holes, &c. (also Secretaire′)
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    Source Unknown
    “The first thing the secretary types is the boss.”
  • Ellen Goodman
    Ellen Goodman
    “You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. secrétaire,cf. Pr. secretari, Sp. & Pg. secretario, It. secretario, segretario,) LL. secretarius, originally, a confidant, one intrusted with secrets, from L. secretum, a secret. See Secret (a.) & (n.)


In literature:

There was Babs Deane, his secretary, with her eyes very bright.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
But from none of his secretaries could he learn anything about the popular will.
"King John of Jingalo" by Laurence Housman
That's the new Secretary of War, Joseph Holt.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
The secretary was a quiet, self-contained, silent man of thirty or thirty-one.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
My secretary procured paper, and the Commandant wrote out his resignation.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
I must have a secretary.
"The House of Martha" by Frank R. Stockton
There was something touching, pathetic, in the utter desolation which the secretary felt at his employer's death.
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin
THE SECRETARY: A good many requests are received by the secretary for information as to what nut trees to plant.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
Seward, the man he has called to be Secretary of State, has been here for two months, juggling with his enemies.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
The marine corps, under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy, had 346 officers and 9,921 enlisted men.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller

In poetry:

Write on our Secretary's heart
Thy perfect law; and O, impart,
To our Librarian dear,
The volume of thy perfect love
Which cometh only from above,
And casteth out all fear.
"Anniversary Hymn" by David John Scott
Let him who great would be
Crook the hinges of the knee, And on Senators and Secretaries fawn;
I cannot duck and bend,
But I'll always serve a friend,
And enjoy my little Cruiskeen Lan.
"Cruiskeen Lan" by Albert Pike
Yes, the Home Secretary of the present day,
Against working women's deputations, has always said- nay;
Because they haven't got the parliamentary Franchise-,
That is the reason why he does them despise.
"Women's Suffrage" by William Topaz McGonagall
Take your fill of intimate remorse, perfumed sorrow,
Over the dead child of a millionaire,
And the pity of Death refusing any check on the bank
Which the millionaire might order his secretary to
scratch off
And get cashed.
"The Right To Grief" by Carl Sandburg
'Twas ANNIE, gentle ANNIE, as you'll easily believe.
"O GILBERT, you must spare him, for I bring him a reprieve,
It came from our Home Secretary many weeks ago,
And passed through that post-office which I used to keep at Bow.
"Annie Protheroe. A Legend of Stratford-le-Bow" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Good Gracious Me!" that sympathetic Secretary cried,
"Suppose in prison fetters MISTER WILLIAM should have died!
Dear me, of course! Imprisonment for LIFE his sentence saith:
I'm very glad you mentioned it - it might have been For Death!
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

UN Secretary General's appearance at Non- Aligned summit bolsters Iranian defiance.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner looks on at right as Senate Majority Leader Sen Harry Reid of Nev.
India's ruling Congress party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi gestures as he speaks to the press outside his residence in New Delhi on March 6, 2012.
Warren Buffett's 'Secretary' Is Not Amused .
Two environmental groups are urging Interior Secretary.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, right, speaks with Norway's oil minister, Ola Borten Moe, in Trondheim, Norway.
Secretary of Education William J Bennett is at it again.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a statement at the State Department on Monday on the release of classified documents on the WikiLeaks website.
Vice President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in a 2010 file photo.
FILE** White House Press Secretary Jay Carney gestures during his daily news more.
HUD secretary to lead long-term Sandy recovery efforts.
Bobby Petrino's Other Mistress Is A Busty Modeling Secretary.
Former Defense Secretary Weinberger dies.
Secretary of Defense Weinberger's Letter of August 23.
SECRETARY OF STATE Hillary Rodham Clinton spent the holiday weekend on what might be described as a makeup tour.

In science:

Ramasami, present Secretary of the DST and exDirector General of the CSIR, expressed (in a letter to one of us) keen interest in initiating the S.S.
Fifteen Years of Econophysics Research
Koning, and Pierre Nagel, to the HOSTS of the meeting: the Service de Physique et Techniques Nucl´eaires, Centre d’´etudes de Bruy`eresle-Chˆatel, and to our SECRETARY: Nadine Labbal. I believe that seldom, if ever, have we simultaneously experienced such warmth and elegance at a scientific gathering.
Specialists' Meeting on the Nucleon-Nucleus Optical Model up to 200 MeV: Conclusions and Recommendations
It is for me a pleasure to thank my Scientific Secretary Dr.
The Status of The Standard Model
Warm thanks also to the secretaries and staff, especially Laura Sirugo, for all their efforts and help.
Hadronic Physics
Overall Network coordination is provided largely by the science coordinator assisted by the OPTICON Administrator and secretary.
OPTICON: EC Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy