1. Any of various officials of high rank,
especially: a. A secretary to a monarch or noble. b. Chiefly
British: The chief secretary of an embassy. c. The chief minister
of state in some European countries.
2. a. The president of certain American universities.
b. Chiefly British: The honorary or titular
head of a university.
3. In law: The presiding judge of a court
of chancery or equity in some states of the United States.