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  1. sec·re·tar·y of state
  2. noun

    • 1. (in the US) the head of the State Department, responsible for foreign affairs.

    • 2. (in the UK) the head of a major government department.

    • 3. (in Canada) a government minister responsible for a specific area within a department.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: Secretary of State, plural noun: Secretaries of State

    • noun

      (in the UK) the head of a major government department:

      (in the US) the head of the State Department, responsible for foreign affairs.

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