- bearing the classification secret.
- limited to persons authorized to use information documents, etc., so classified.
Origin of secret
Synonyms for secret
Antonyms for secret
Related Words for secretsecluded, covert, classified, undisclosed, private, undercover, mysterious, unknown, underground, furtive, hush-hush, obscure, unpublished, confidential, secretive, surreptitious, restricted, mystery, code, key
Examples from the Web for secret
Contemporary Examples of secret
In secret, before the referendum, the council went ahead and fluoridated the water anyway.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
The death toll, which experts believe has been significantly undercut by secret burials, stands at 7,905.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
Never mind the huge buildup of clandestine operatives and secret warriors since 9/11.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says
January 2, 2015
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
December 30, 2014
Ziad and Sabrine dated in secret during their time at university.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
Historical Examples of secret
But I have a secret dread of the character and power of Alcibiades.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It is on Mr. Haley's account that I prefer to keep it secret.Brave and Bold
The secret of this crowning charm was, perhaps, that she was a new sensation.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
"I am going to tell you a secret," he said at last, in a shamefaced way.Viviette
William J. Locke
She saw her all the time while Connie was telling her the secret.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
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late 14c., from Latin secretus "set apart, withdrawn; hidden, concealed, private," past participle of secernere "to set apart, part, divide; exclude," from se- "without, apart," properly "on one's own" (see se-)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.