the officials or office entrusted with administrative duties, maintaining records,and overseeing or performing secretarial duties, especially for an internationalorganization: the secretariat of the UnitedNations.
a group or department of secretaries.
the place where a secretary transacts business, preserves records, etc.
Origin: 1805–15; < F secrétariat < MLsēcrētāriātus. See secretary, -ate3