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secretary

noun

  1. (head)  a person who is head of an administrative department of government
    Synonyms: sec. [abbreviation], secy. [abbreviation]. Type of: head
  2. (assistant)  an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization
    Synonyms: administrative assistant, secretarial assistant, admin [informal], sec. [abbreviation],...
  3. (confidant)  a person to whom a secret is entrusted
    Synonyms: repository. Type of: confidant
  4. (desk)  a desk used for writing
    Synonyms: escritoire, secretaire, writing table. Type of: desk

Etymology summary

"person entrusted with secrets", from Medieval Latin secretarius "clerk, notary,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Secretary | personal assistant | administrative assistant

a person whose work consists of supporting management, including executives, using a variety of project management, communication, or organizational skills. These functions may be entirely carried out to assist one other employee or may be for the... (37 of 1531 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Secretary

Secretary (disambiguation)

an administrative support worker. Secretary may also refer to: Secretary (club), the head of an organization's day-to-day administration | Secretary desk, a desk with a hinged surface | Minister (government), a head of the government department and... (35 of 215 words, 17 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

secretary [furniture] | escritoire | secretaire [synonym]

a writing desk fitted with drawers, one of which can be pulled out and the front lowered to provide a flat writing surface. There are many variations ... (27 of 357 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/531928​/secretary

Merriam-Webster:

secretary | secretaries [plural] | secy [abbreviation] | writing desk [synonym, sense-specific] | register [synonym, sense-specific] | registrar [synonym, sense-specific] | scribe [synonym, sense-specific] | clerk [synonym, sense-specific] | archivist [similar, sense-specific] | ...

one employed to handle correspondence and manage routine and detail work for a superior | an officer of a business concern who may keep records of ... (25 of 200 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations, 1 image)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/secretary

Collins Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural] | secy [abbreviation] | sec'y [abbreviation] | secretaire [sense-specific]

a person who handles correspondence, keeps records, and does general clerical work for an individual, organization, etc | the official manager of the ... (22 of 515 words, 8 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/secretary

Random House Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural] | secy [abbreviation] | Secretary [sense-specific] | diplomatic secretary [synonym, sense-specific] | secretary bookcase [synonym, sense-specific] | private secretary [synonym, sense-specific]

a person, usually an official, who is in charge of the records, ... | a person employed to handle correspondence and do routine work in a business ... (26 of 156 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/secretary

Oxford Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural] | Sec. [abbreviation] | secretarial [derived] | secretaryship [derived]

a person employed by an individual or in an office to assist with correspondence, make appointments, and carry out administrative tasks | an official ... (23 of 152 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/secretary

Wiktionary:

secretary | secretaried [past tense] | secretarying [present participle] | secretaries [3rd-person singular present]

[obsolete] Someone entrusted with a secret; a confidant. | A person who keeps records, takes notes and handles general clerical work. | [often capitalized] The head of a department of government. | A managerial or leading position in certain non-profit... (37 of 92 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/secretary

Macmillan British Dictionary:

secretary [countable] | secretaries [plural]

someone in an office who works for someone else and who does jobs such as arranging meetings, making phone calls, and preparing letters | the member ... (25 of 86 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/secretary

American Heritage Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural] | secy. [abbreviation] | secretarial [adjective, related]

A person employed to handle correspondence, keep files, and do clerical work for another person or an organization. | An officer who keeps records, ... (23 of 80 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/secretary

New World Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural] | secretarial [adjective, related] | secretaryship [noun, related]

a person whose work is keeping records, taking care of correspondence and ... | [United States] an official in charge of a department of government | ... (24 of 74 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/secretary

Cambridge Dictionary:

secretary [entry 1]

someone who works in an office, writing letters, making telephone calls and arranging meetings for a person or for an organization (21 of 37 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/secretary 1

secretary [entry 2]

an official who has responsibility for the general management of an organization (12 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/secretary 2

Encarta Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural] | secretaires [Canadian, sense-specific, plural] | secy. [abbreviation]

an employee who does clerical and administrative work in an office for a person or organization | somebody elected or appointed to keep the records of ... (25 of 150 words, 7 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861710755​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

secretary

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "person entrusted with secrets", from Medieval Latin secretarius "clerk, notary, confidential officer, confidant", from Latin secretum ... (19 of 73 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=secretary

Oxford Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural]

Origin: late Middle English (originally in the sense "person entrusted with a secret"): from late Latin secretarius "confidential officer", from Latin ... (20 of 27 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/secretary

Wiktionary:

secretary | secretaried [past tense] | secretarying [present participle] | secretaries [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Medieval Latin secretarius ("one entrusted with secrets"), from Latin secretus ("private, secret"), past participle of secernere ("to separate, set apart"), from se- ("apart") + cernere ("to separate").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/secretary

Merriam-Webster:

secretary | secretaries [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English secretarie, from Medieval Latin secretarius, confidential employee, secretary, from Latin secretum secret, from neuter of secretus

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/secretary

American Heritage Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural]

Origin: Middle English secretarie, from Medieval Latin sēcrētārius, confidential officer, clerk, from Latin sēcrētus, secret; see "secret".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/secretary

Collins Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Medieval Latin sēcrētārius, from Latin sēcrētum something hidden; see secret

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/secretary

New World Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural]

Origin: Medieval Latin secretarius, one entrusted with secrets from Latin secretum: see "secret"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/secretary

Encarta Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: late Latin secretarius "confidential officer" from secretus

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861710755​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

secretary | secretaried [past tense] | secretarying [present participle] | secretaries [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "secretary"

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Collins Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "secretary"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "secretary"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/secretary

Macmillan British Dictionary:

secretary [countable] | secretaries [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "secretary"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/secretary

Macmillan American Dictionary:

secretary [countable] | secretaries [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "secretary"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/secretary

Cambridge Dictionary:

Secretary [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "Secretary"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "Secretary"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/secretary 3

secretary [entry 1]

Audio: North American English pronunuciation of "secretary"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/secretary 1

the Free Dictionary:

secretary

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Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "secretary" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

secretary | secretaries [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "secretary"

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Sec.

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

secretary

Audio: North American pronunciation of "secretary"

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YourDictionary Audio:

secretary

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "secretary" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

secretary

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