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
  1. noun
    an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization
    synonyms: secretarial assistant
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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
  2. noun
    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
  3. noun
    a person to whom a secret is entrusted
    synonyms: repository
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    confidant, intimate
    someone to whom private matters are confided
  4. noun
    a desk used for writing
    synonyms: escritoire, secretaire, writing table
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    desk
    a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
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