from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person employed to handle correspondence, keep files, and do clerical work for another person or an organization.
- n. An officer who keeps records, takes minutes of the meetings, and answers correspondence, as for a company.
- n. An official who presides over an administrative department of state.
- n. A desk with a small bookcase on top.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone entrusted with a secret; a confidant.
- n. A person who keeps records, takes notes and handles general clerical work.
- n. The head of a department of government.
- n. A managerial or leading position in certain non-profit organizations, such as political parties, trade unions, international organizations.
- n. A type of desk; a secretaire.
- n. A species of bird; Sagittarius serpentarius.
- v. To serve as a secretary of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who keeps, or is intrusted with, secrets.
- n. 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.
- n. 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
- n. A piece of furniture, with conveniences for writing and for the arrangement of papers; an escritoire.
- n. The secretary bird.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is intrusted with private or secret matters; a confidential officer or attendant; a confidant.
- n. 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. An officer of state who is charged with the superintendence and management of a particular department of government.
- n. 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. In printing, a kind of script type in imitation of an engrossing-hand.
- n. The secretary-bird or crane-vulture, Serpentarius secretarius.
- Of a secretary; clerkly: noting a style of handwriting such as is used in engrossing.
- Knowing secrets; confidential; able to keep a secret.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who is head of an administrative department of government
- n. an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization
- n. a desk used for writing
- n. a person to whom a secret is entrusted
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