secretary of state

secretary of state
1. the head and chief administrator of the U.S. Department of State. Cf. foreign minister.
2. Brit. any of several ministers in the British government: A new secretary of state for the Home Department has been appointed.
3. (in the U.S.) the appointed or elected official in a state government whose chief function is to distribute statutes, administer elections, keep archives, etc.

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