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the officials or office entrusted with administrative duties, maintaining records, and overseeing or performing secretarial duties, especially for an international organization:
the secretariat of the United Nations.
a group or department of secretaries.
the place where a secretary transacts business, preserves records, etc.

an office responsible for the secretarial, clerical, and administrative affairs of a legislative body, executive council, or international organization
the staff of such an office
the building or rooms in which such an office is housed

a body of secretaries
a secretary’s place of work; office
the position of a secretary


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