secret

[ see-krit ]
/ ˈsi krɪt /

adjective

noun

Idioms

    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
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British Dictionary definitions for in secret

secret

/ (ˈsiːkrɪt) /

adjective

noun

Derived Formssecretly, 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)

in secret


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)

secret


see in secret; open secret.

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