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Meaning of secretary of state

sec'retary of state'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the head and chief administrator of the U.S. Department of State. Cf.
  2. any of several ministers in the British government: A new secretary of state for the Home Department has been appointed.
  3. (in the U.S.) the appointed or elected official in a state government whose chief function is to distribute statutes, administer elections, keep archives, etc.
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