secretary

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secretary

1. (in Britain) a senior civil servant who assists a government minister
2. (in the US and New Zealand) the head of a government administrative department
3. (in Britain) See secretary of state
4. (in Australia) the head of a public service department
5. Diplomacy the assistant to an ambassador or diplomatic minister of certain countries
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This touch and go young Barnacle had 'got up' the Department in a private secretaryship, that he might be ready for any little bit of fat that came to hand; and he fully understood the Department to be a politico-diplomatic hocus pocus piece of machinery for the assistance of the nobs in keeping off the snobs.
He had been appointed to the secretaryship of the German legation at Washington and in these first days of the autumn was about to take possession of his post.
The scheme had already reached the stage in which it was permissible to hire an office and engage a secretary, and he had been deputed to expound the scheme to Mary, and make her an offer of the Secretaryship, to which, as a matter of principle, a small salary was attached.