Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The department administered by a governmental secretary, especially for an international organization.
  • n. The office occupied by such a department.
  • n. The office or position of a governmental secretary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The office or department of a government secretary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The office of a secretary; the place where a secretary transacts business, keeps records, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as secretariate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1973
  • n. an administrative unit responsible for maintaining records and other secretarial duties; especially for international organizations

Etymologies

French secrétariat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sēcrētāriātus, from sēcrētārius, secretary; see secretary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French secrétariat. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • With a total budget less than 1% of the Department for International Development's, and fewer staff than Cornwall council's fire and rescue service, the secretariat is unlikely to find too many areas in which it will be uniquely placed to add real value.

    The Commonwealth: from courage to cowardice

  • Of course giving more financial power to SecGen Kofi Annan (father of Kojo) may not be a particularly top-notch idea and shifting money management from the unaccountable General Assembly to an equally unaccountable but possibly more sensible professional secretariat is not going to change the culture of the UN one iota.

    You have to feel sorry for them

  • The secretariat is working to ensure that the people who benefit from these jobs are those who truly need the opportunity.

    Investing in our Young People

  • The secretariat is a bold new adventure for the world of post-conflict philanthropy, and has the potential to serve as a model for expediting the transitional process for countries seeking to lift themselves from a crisis-ridden past.

    Rahim Kanani: A New Kind of Investing: The Philanthropy Secretariat in Liberia

  • The U.S. position has now been incorporated in a draft resolution written by the WHO secretariat, which is highly responsive to US pressure.

    James Love: Hillary and Obama Set to Kill Medical R&D Treaty at WHO Meeting

  • He's now being walked, we believe, towards the, what's called the secretariat building, the building I'm in, the tall tower of the U.N. PHILLIPS: Yes, kind of set us up of where exactly you are and where the shooting took place.

    CNN Transcript Oct 3, 2002

  • But the secretariat is a weak organization that gets undermined.

    CNN Transcript Sep 27, 2001

  • HOLDER: I mean, what happened is the executive secretariat, that is the folks who handle correspondence within the Justice Department, got that document and referred it seeing it was a pardon matter, or interpreting it that way referred it to the pardon attorney for a response.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: Congress Searches for Answers in Controversial Clinton Pardon - February 8, 2001

  • The secretariat, which is a civilian body responsible for monitoring police efficiency in the province, has only seven staff members in its staff structure made up of 41 post.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • COMESA secretariat, which is based in Zambia, has set October

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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