secretary

If you handle the correspondence and clerical work for your boss or your company, you are a secretary. One of your duties as a secretary is to open the mail.

Today, the preferred term for the kind of secretary who works in an office is administrative assistant. The noun secretary can also refer to the person who is in charge of an administrative department in the government, like the Secretary of Defense. A secretary can also be a piece of furniture — specifically, a type of writing desk.

Definitions of secretary
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n an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization

Synonyms:
secretarial assistant
Types:
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executive secretary
a secretary having administrative duties and responsibilities
receptionist
a secretary whose main duty is to answer the telephone and receive visitors
social secretary
a personal secretary who handles your social correspondence and appointments
amanuensis, shorthand typist, stenographer
someone skilled in the transcription of speech (especially dictation)
Type of:
assistant, help, helper, supporter
a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

n a person who is head of an administrative department of government

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Attorney General, US Attorney General, United States Attorney General
the person who holds the position of secretary of the Justice Department
Agriculture Secretary, Secretary of Agriculture
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Agriculture
Commerce Secretary, Secretary of Commerce
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Commerce
Defense Secretary, Secretary of Defense
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Defense Department
Education Secretary, Secretary of Education
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Education
Energy Secretary, Secretary of Energy
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Energy
Secretary of Health and Human Services
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Labor Secretary, Secretary of Labor
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Labor
Secretary of State
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of State
Interior Secretary, Secretary of the Interior
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Interior Department
Secretary of the Treasury, Treasury Secretary
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Treasury Department
Secretary of Transportation, Transportation Secretary
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Transportation
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Veterans Affairs
undersecretary
a secretary immediately subordinate to the head of a department of government
Type of:
chief, head, top dog
a person who is in charge

n a person to whom a secret is entrusted

Synonyms:
repository
Type of:
confidant, intimate
someone to whom private matters are confided

n a desk used for writing

Synonyms:
escritoire, secretaire, writing table
Type of:
desk
a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments

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