escritoire vs secretary what difference

what is difference between escritoire and secretary

English

Alternative forms

  • scrutoire, scrutore (obsolete)

Etymology

From French, from escrire, obsolete form of écrire + -oire, indicating a tool or object. Doublet of scriptorium.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɛskɹiˈtwɑː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɛskɹɪˈtwɑːɹ/

Noun

escritoire (plural escritoires)

  1. A writing desk with a hinged door that provides the writing surface.

Synonyms

  • bureau, secretary

Related terms

  • escritorial

Translations



English

Alternative forms

  • secretarie (obsolete)

Etymology

From Medieval Latin secrētārius (one entrusted with secrets), from Latin secrētus (private, secret), past participle of secernere (to separate, set apart), from se- (apart) + cernere (to separate).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɛk.ɹəˌtə.ɹi/, /ˈsɛk.ɹə.tɹi/
  • (General American) enPR: sĕk’rətĕrē, IPA(key): /ˈsɛkɹəˌtɛɹi/, [ˈsɛkɹəˌtʰɛɹi]

Noun

secretary (plural secretaries)

  1. (obsolete) Someone entrusted with a secret; a confidant.
  2. A person who keeps records, takes notes and handles general clerical work.
  3. (often capitalized) The head of a department of government.
  4. A managerial or leading position in certain non-profit organizations, such as political parties, trade unions, international organizations.
  5. (US) A type of desk, secretary desk; a secretaire.
  6. A secretary bird, a bird of the species Sagittarius serpentarius.

Derived terms

  • secretarial
  • secretary bird
  • secretary desk
  • secretaryess

Related terms

  • secret
  • secretion
  • secretive
  • secretory
  • secretariat

Translations

Verb

secretary (third-person singular simple present secretaries, present participle secretarying, simple past and past participle secretaried)

  1. (transitive) To serve as a secretary of.

Quotations

  • For quotations using this term, see Citations:secretary.

Further reading

  • secretary in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • secretary in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • secretary at OneLook Dictionary Search

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