) KEY NOUN: pl. sec·re·tar·ies
- A person employed to handle correspondence, keep files, and do clerical work for another person or an organization.
- An officer who keeps records, takes minutes of the meetings, and answers correspondence, as for a company.
- An official who presides over an administrative department of state.
- A desk with a small bookcase on top.
Middle English secretarie
, from Medieval Latin scrtrius
, confidential officer, clerk
, from Latin scrtus
; see secretOTHER FORMS:secre·tari·al
l) KEY (Adjective)