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NOUN (4)

1. a person who is head of an administrative department of government;

2. an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization;
[syn: secretary, secretarial assistant]

3. a person to whom a secret is entrusted;
[syn: repository, secretary]

4. a desk used for writing;
[syn: secretary, writing table, escritoire, secretaire]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Secretary \Sec"re*ta*ry\, n.; pl. Secretaries. [F. secr['e]taire (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.] 1. One who keeps, or is intrusted with, secrets. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] That which is most of all profitable is acquaintance with the secretaries, and employed men of ambassadors. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. 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. [1913 Webster] 4. A piece of furniture, with conveniences for writing and for the arrangement of papers; an escritoire. [1913 Webster] 5. (Zool.) The secretary bird. [1913 Webster] Secretary bird. [So called in allusion to the tufts of feathers at the back of its head, which were fancifully thought to resemble pens stuck behind the ear.] (Zool.) A large long-legged raptorial bird (Gypogeranus serpentarius), native of South Africa, but now naturalized in the West Indies and some other tropical countries. It has a powerful hooked beak, a crest of long feathers, and a long tail. It feeds upon reptiles of various kinds, and is much prized on account of its habit of killing and devouring snakes of all kinds. Called also serpent eater. [1913 Webster] Syn: See the Note under Clerk, n., 4. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

secretary n 1: a person who is head of an administrative department of government 2: an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization [syn: secretary, secretarial assistant] 3: a person to whom a secret is entrusted [syn: repository, secretary] 4: a desk used for writing [syn: secretary, writing table, escritoire, secretaire]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

SECRETARY. An officer who, by order of his superior, writes letters and other instruments. He is so called because he is possessed of the secrets of his employer. This term wag used in France in 1343, and in England the term secretary was first applied to the clerks of the king, who being always near his person were called clerks of the secret, and in the reign of Henry VIII. the term secretary of state came into it.
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Secretary, MD -- U.S. town in Maryland Population (2000): 503 Housing Units (2000): 218 Land area (2000): 0.258731 sq. miles (0.670109 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.258731 sq. miles (0.670109 sq. km) FIPS code: 70900 Located within: Maryland (MD), FIPS 24 Location: 38.609886 N, 75.949006 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Secretary, MD Secretary