SECRETARIATE

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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