- 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 secretlyquietly, clandestinely, surreptitiously, covertly, privately, personally, furtively, stealthily, confidentially, hush-hush, intimately, obscurely, slyly, insidiously, privily, unobserved
Examples from the Web for secretly
Contemporary Examples of secretly
Britain refuses to listen, but has shocked the art world by secretly loaning one of the antiquities to Russia.Britain Has Lost Its Marbles: Elgin Loan Will Appease Putin
December 5, 2014
But secretly rooting for the good Israelis and wishing them success is one thing.The Inside Story of U.S. Meddling in Israel’s Elections
Aaron David Miller
December 4, 2014
He proceeds to tease me, asking if our interview is “secretly a date?”My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star
November 12, 2014
As other prisoners took advantage of the rehabilitation programs offered, Lane and Opperud secretly planned an escape.How To Plan A Jailbreak
September 13, 2014
Secretly, I was a little hopeful, believing there was a reason for this baby.I Was Pregnant When He Hit Me. Here's #WhyIStayed.
September 10, 2014
Historical Examples of secretly
I secretly hoped for a silk, but Mother, to whom I suppose I am even now—now!The Bacillus of Beauty
The arrival of Winkleman would, he secretly admitted, upset him completely.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Plainly, Evadna was secretly laughing at her perturbed interest in the matter.
Secretly he was hoping that Evadna heard the explanation, and he raised his voice purposely.
From which I infer that you secretly think her manner equal to her looks?'Little Dorrit
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late 14c., from Latin secretus "set apart, withdrawn; hidden, concealed, private," past participle of secernere "to set apart, part, divide; exclude," from se- "without, apart," properly "on one's own" (see se-)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.