- bearing the classification secret.
- limited to persons authorized to use information documents, etc., so classified.
- secret agent,
- secret ballot,
- secret history,
- secret partner,
- secret police
Origin of secret
Examples from the Web for secret
In secret, before the referendum, the council went ahead and fluoridated the water anyway.
The death toll, which experts believe has been significantly undercut by secret burials, stands at 7,905.
Never mind the huge buildup of clandestine operatives and secret warriors since 9/11.
Afraid the Korean secret police would not believe his kidnapping story, Shin settled in Hollywood.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ziad and Sabrine dated in secret during their time at university.
Yet by secret intuition each of them divined something of what was in the heart of the other.Darkness and Dawn|Frederic W. Farrar
She listens, puzzled; perhaps a little frightened to be so much of a secret.Browning's Heroines|Ethel Colburn Mayne
He thought much of eternity, and was frequent in secret prayer.Sermons of Christmas Evans|Joseph Cross
It is not here, but in the pages of his Journal for ten years before, that we must search for the secret of d'Argenson's thought.The Marquis D'Argenson: A Study in Criticism|Arthur Ogle
Whatever his causes of complaint, they were of too delicate and secret a nature for seconds, bullets, and newspaper paragraphs!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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late 14c., from Latin secretus "set apart, withdrawn; hidden, concealed, private," past participle of secernere "to set apart, part, divide; exclude," from se- "without, apart," properly "on one's own" (see se-)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.
see in secret; open secret.