secret service



the branch of governmental service that conducts secret investigations, especially investigations into the military strength of other nations.
(initial capital letters) the branch of the U.S. Department of the Treasury charged chiefly with the discovery and apprehension of counterfeiters and with providing protection for the president and the president's immediate family.
secret work for a government, especially espionage.

Origin of secret service

First recorded in 1730–40
Related formsse·cret-serv·ice, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • The secret-service official is at Abbot's side as he turns back from the door.

    A War-Time Wooing

    Charles King

  • One of the secret-service men had a flask, and held it to his lips.

    Long Live the King

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • And I changed my mind about Sarah's "secret-service" parcel.

    If, Yes and Perhaps

    Edward Everett Hale

  • And never once has the secret-service been able to touch her.

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath

  • "Leave the matter now with me," said the secret-service man quietly.

    The North Pacific

    Willis Boyd Allen

British Dictionary definitions for secret service

secret service


a government agency or department that conducts intelligence or counterintelligence operations
such operations

Secret Service


a US government agency responsible for the protection of the president, the suppression of counterfeiting, and certain other police activities
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secret service in Culture

Secret Service

A division of the United States Department of the Treasury, responsible for apprehending counterfeiters; investigating a variety of federal crimes; and protecting presidents and their families, presidential candidates, and foreign dignitaries visiting the United States.

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