One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in the UK) the head of a major government department.‘the Secretary of State for Defence’
- ‘He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Social Security in May 1997.’
- ‘The Claimant in this claim for judicial review is the Secretary of State for the Home Department.’
- ‘It is the Secretary of State's policy that the power to sanction should not be exercised too widely.’
- ‘He wants the county council to call on the Secretary of State for Health, John Reid, to inject more cash into NHS services in Surrey.’
- ‘Copies are also being sent to Bexley Council and the Secretary of State for Transport.’
2(in the US) the head of the State Department, responsible for foreign affairs.
- ‘That includes his Secretary of State, Colin Powell, who has been presented as a restraining influence on Bush.’
- ‘Then U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright visited Pyongyang in response to Cho's trip to Washington.’
- ‘Henry Kissinger ran foreign policy under President Nixon, not Secretary of State Rogers.’
- ‘Most recently, he was the Deputy Secretary of State in 1993 under President Clinton.’
- ‘Official results will be announced as soon as the Secretary of State provides a final list.’
3(in Canada) a government minister responsible for a specific area within a department.
member of the government, political leader, cabinet minister, secretary of state, secretary, undersecretary, department head, privy counsellor, politicianView synonyms
- ‘That position has been verified by statements in the House of Commons by Secretary of State for External Affairs Joe Clark.’
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