[ see-krit ]
/ ˈsi krɪt /
done, made, or conducted without the knowledge of others: secret negotiations.
kept from the knowledge of any but the initiated or privileged: a secret password.
faithful or cautious in keeping confidential matters confidential; close-mouthed; reticent.
designed or working to escape notice, knowledge, or observation: a secret drawer; the secret police.
secluded, sheltered, or withdrawn: a secret hiding place.
beyond ordinary human understanding; esoteric.
(of information, a document, etc.)
- bearing the classification secret.
- limited to persons authorized to use information documents, etc., so classified.
something that is or is kept secret, hidden, or concealed.
a mystery: the secrets of nature.
a reason or explanation not immediately or generally apparent.
a method, formula, plan, etc., known only to the initiated or the few: the secret of happiness; a trade secret.
a classification assigned to information, a document, etc., considered less vital to security than top-secret but more vital than confidential, and limiting its use to persons who have been cleared, as by various government agencies, as trustworthy to handle such material.Compare classification(def 5).
(initial capital letter) Liturgy. a variable prayer in the Roman and other Latin liturgies, said inaudibly by the celebrant after the offertory and immediately before the preface.
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Idioms for secret
in secret, unknown to others; in private; secretly: A resistance movement was already being organized in secret.
Origin of secret
1350–1400; Middle English secrette < Old French secret < Latin sēcrētus hidden, orig. past participle of sēcernere to secern
SYNONYMS FOR secret
OTHER WORDS FROM secret
se·cret·ly, adverbse·cret·ness, nounnon·se·cret, adjective, nounnon·se·cret·ly, adverb
qua·si-se·cret, adjectivequa·si-se·cret·ly, adverbsem·i·se·cret, adjectivesem·i·se·cret·ly, adverbsu·per·se·cret, nounul·tra·se·cret, adjectiveul·tra·se·cret·ly, adverbun·se·cret·ly, adverb
Words nearby secret
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British Dictionary definitions for in secret
/ (ˈsiːkrɪt) /
kept hidden or separate from the knowledge of othersRelated adjective: cryptic
known only to initiatesa secret password
hidden from general view or usea secret garden
able or tending to keep things private or to oneself
operating without the knowledge of outsidersa secret society
outside the normal range of knowledge
something kept or to be kept hidden
something unrevealed; mystery
an underlying explanation, reason, etc, that is not apparentthe secret of success
a method, plan, etc, known only to initiates
liturgy a variable prayer, part of the Mass, said by the celebrant after the offertory and before the preface
in the secret among the people who know a secret
Derived forms of secretsecretly, adverb
Word Origin for secret
C14: via Old French from Latin sēcrētus concealed, from sēcernere to sift; see secern
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Idioms and Phrases with in secret (1 of 2)
Unknown to others, privately. For example, They met in secret, or, as Shakespeare put it in Love's Labour's Lost (5:2): “One word in secret.” [Second half of 1400s]
Idioms and Phrases with in secret (2 of 2)
see in secret; open secret.
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