Meaning of secretary of state
sec'retary of state'
- the head and chief administrator of the U.S. Department of State. Cf.
- any of several ministers in the British government: A new secretary of state for the Home Department has been appointed.
- (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.
- secretary of state (Thesaurus)