- a steel skullcap of the 17th century, worn under a soft hat.
Origin of secrète
From French; see origin at secret
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- (of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)
C18: back formation from secretion
- (tr) to put in a hiding place
C18: variant of obsolete secret to hide away; see secret (n)
Word Origin and History for secrète
1707, back-formation from secretion. Related: Secreted; secretes; secreting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To generate and release a substance from a cell or a gland.
- To produce and discharge a substance, especially from the cells of specialized glands. For example, the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas secrete the hormone insulin.