n. pl. sec·re·tar·ies
1. A person employed to handle correspondence, keep files, and do clerical work for another person or an organization.
2. An officer who keeps records, takes minutes of the meetings, and answers correspondence, as for a company.
3. An official who presides over an administrative department of state.
4. A desk with a small bookcase on top.
[Middle English secretarie, from Medieval Latin sēcrētārius, confidential officer, clerk, from Latin sēcrētus, secret; see SECRET.]
sec′re·tari·al (-târē-əl) adj.
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c. 1800 American Hepplewhite secretary attributed to Michael Allison (1773-1855)
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