- bearing the classification secret.
- limited to persons authorized to use information documents, etc., so classified.
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Related Words for in secretquietly, clandestinely, surreptitiously, covertly, privately, personally, furtively, stealthily, backstage, confidentially, hush-hush, intimately, obscurely, slyly, insidiously, privily, unobserved, o
Word Origin for secret
late 14c., from Latin secretus "set apart, withdrawn; hidden, concealed, private," past participle of secernere "to set apart, part, divide; exclude," from se- "without, apart," properly "on one's own" (see se-) + cernere "separate" (see crisis).
As an adjective from late 14c., from French secret, adjective use of noun. Open secret is from 1828. Secret agent first recorded 1715; secret service is from 1737; secret weapon is from 1936.
"to keep secret" (described in OED as "obsolete"), 1590s, from secret (n.). Related: Secreted; secreting.
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]
see in secret; open secret.