Nearby words

  1. secondment,
  2. secondo,
  3. seconds,
  4. secos,
  5. secrecy,
  6. secret agent,
  7. secret ballot,
  8. secret history,
  9. secret partner,
  10. secret police


    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 secret



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 Formssecretly, adverb

Word Origin for secret

C14: via Old French from Latin sēcrētus concealed, from sēcernere to sift; see secern

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Word Origin and History for secret
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Idioms and Phrases with secret


see in secret; open secret.

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