Pronunciation: (sek"ri-târ'ē-ut), [key]
1. the officials or office entrusted with administrative duties, maintaining records, and overseeing or performing secretarial duties, esp. 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,sec"re•tar'i•ate.
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