American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An official directly subordinate to a member of a cabinet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A secretary subordinate to the principal secretary: as, an under-secretary for Ireland.
- n. An administrator immediately subordinate to a head of a government department or to a member of a cabinet
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A secretary who is subordinate to the chief secretary; an assistant secretary.
- n. a secretary immediately subordinate to the head of a department of government
“The fact that you would want to appoint Sarah Palin undersecretary for Robot Affairs shows just how unserious you are about Human/Robot relations, Peter K.”
“And since intelligence is playing a critical role in our ability to achieve military victory this new law creates a new high-level position within the Department of Defense called the undersecretary for intelligence.”
“He is now a kind of undersecretary in the office of our secret diplomacy, and a member of the Legion of Honour.”
“This office falls under a senior position known as the undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, which, according to its description, leads America’s public diplomacy outreach, which includes communications with international audiences, cultural programming, academic grants, educational exchanges, international visitor programs, and U.S. Government efforts to confront ideological support for terrorism.”
“In the end, he didn’t object to the legislation creating Rumsfeld’s one dog to kick, otherwise known as the undersecretary of defense for intelligence.”
“The undersecretary provided Libby with interim oral reports in late May and early June, and advised Libby that Wilson was the former ambassador who took the trip.”
“Harold Brown, a brilliant secretary of defense, and his equally gifted undersecretary Bill Perry—both engineers by training—recognized the way that technology could be married to the needs of the defense establishment and helped our administration initiate the transition from electromechanical to digitized weapons systems.”
“We encourage all military personnel, their family members, and overseas citizens to exercise their right to vote," said Clifford Stanley, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.”
“But as undersecretary of defense for intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., now the director of national intelligence, secured approval to release the figure.”
“On Friday, over 200 people from around the country, mostly retired CIA and military intelligence personnel and their spouses, crammed into a banquet room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tysons Corner to hear Morell, as well as a morning speaker, Stewart Baker, the former NSA general counsel and first undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security.”
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