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under secretary

noun, (often initial capital letters)
1.
an official who is subordinate to a principal secretary, as in the U.S. cabinet:
Under Secretary of the Treasury.
Also, undersecretary.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90
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British Dictionary definitions for undersecretary

undersecretary

/ˌʌndəˈsɛkrətrɪ/
noun (pl) -taries
1.
(in Britain)
  1. any of various senior civil servants in certain government departments
  2. short for undersecretary of state: any of various high officials subordinate only to the minister in charge of a department
2.
(in the US) a high government official subordinate only to the secretary in charge of a department
Derived Forms
undersecretaryship, noun
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