under secretary

noun (often initial capital letters)
an official who is subordinate to a principal secretary, as in the U.S. cabinet: Under Secretary of the Treasury.
Also, undersecretary.


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undersecretary (ˌʌndəˈsɛkrətrɪ)
n , pl -taries
1.  in Britain
 a.  any of various senior civil servants in certain government departments
 b.  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

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