secretariat

[sek-ri-tair-ee-uht]
noun
1.
the officials or office entrusted with administrative duties, maintaining records, and overseeing or performing secretarial duties, especially for an international organization: the secretariat of the United Nations.
2.
a group or department of secretaries.
3.
the place where a secretary transacts business, preserves records, etc.
Also, secretariate.


Origin:
1805–15; < French secrétariat < Medieval Latin sēcrētāriātus. See secretary, -ate3

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secretariat (ˌsɛkrɪˈtɛərɪət)
 
n
1.  a.  an office responsible for the secretarial, clerical, and administrative affairs of a legislative body, executive council, or international organization
 b.  the staff of such an office
 c.  the building or rooms in which such an office is housed
2.  a body of secretaries
3.  a secretary's place of work; office
4.  the position of a secretary
 
[C19: via French from Medieval Latin sēcrētāriātus, from sēcrētāriussecretary]

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secretariat
"office of secretary," 1811, from Fr. secrétariat, from M.L. secretarius (see secretary).
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Example sentences
Delegates postponed a decision about the exact terms of office of the group's chairman and head of the secretariat.
The committee's earlier reports focused on the failings of the secretariat.
His reward was that the euro zone will have two summits a year and its own secretariat.
The secretariat supervised the actual operations of the commissions.
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