secretary of state

(redirected from U.S. Secretary of State)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial.
Related to U.S. Secretary of State: Secretary of Defense

secretary of state

1. (in Britain) the head of any of several government departments
2. (in the US) the head of the government department in charge of foreign affairs (State Department)
3. (in certain US states) an official with various duties, such as keeping records

Secretary of State

 

(1) In the German Empire (1871–1918), an imperial minister directly subordinate to the chancellor.

(2) In the Federal Republic of Germany and other countries, the highest appointed official in the ministerial apparatus and closest aide to a minister; also responsible for maintaining government contacts with the parliament and its factions and committees.

(3) The official title for certain British and American high government officials and, in France, for directors of offices under the prime minister.

(4) In the German Democratic Republic, an official holding the rank of first deputy chairman or the head of a specific government office (a secretariat).

(5) In Hungary, the head of a state agency subordinate to the Council of Ministers, for example, the Hungarian National Bank or the Central Statistical Institute. Unlike a minister, a secretary of state is pot part of the Hungarian government.

References in periodicals archive ?
The two parties also reviewed the outcome of the efforts being exerted by the U.
ANKARA, May 12, 2009 (TUR) -- The head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) sent a letter to the U.
Istanbul, Jumada II 10, 1434, Apr 20, 2013, SPA -- The group of Friends of Syria started their meeting here today in the presence of U.
Summary: Sana&'a, Jumada Al-Awwal 08, 1432, April 12, 2011, SPA -- U.
Summary: Ramallah, Rabi Al-Awwal 11, 1432, Feb 14, 2011, SPA -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received yesterday a telephone call from U.
Summary: Muscat, Safar 08, 1432, Jan 12, 2011, SPA -- Sultan Qaboos of Oman and U.
10, 2011, SPA -- General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received here today U.

Full browser ?