- bearing the classification secret.
- limited to persons authorized to use information documents, etc., so classified.
Origin of secret
Examples from the Web for 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|Geoffrey Robertson|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
He proceeds to tease me, asking if our interview is “secretly a date?”My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star|Emily Shire|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As other prisoners took advantage of the rehabilitation programs offered, Lane and Opperud secretly planned an escape.
Secretly, I was a little hopeful, believing there was a reason for this baby.I Was Pregnant When He Hit Me. Here's #WhyIStayed.|Anonymous|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And he immediately became flippant, not aloud, but secretly, to hide himself from himself.Mr. Prohack|E. Arnold Bennett
We expect to be caught with chaff, like fractious colts coquetting with the halter and secretly not unwilling to be caught.Unveiling a Parallel|Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
Why should things not go on safely and secretly, as at present, and let us put marriage out of our heads until something turns up?Molly Bawn|Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Editors and trusted Southrons drop in, by twos and threes, secretly.The Little Lady of Lagunitas|Richard Henry Savage
I was secretly annoyed, for I wanted to hasten at once to Marian.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922|Lucy Maud Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for secretly
Word Origin for secret
Word Origin and History for secretly (1 of 3)
late 14c., from Latin secretus "set apart, withdrawn; hidden, concealed, private," past participle of secernere "to set apart, part, divide; exclude," from se- "without, apart," properly "on one's own" (see se-)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.
Word Origin and History for secretly (2 of 3)
"to keep secret" (described in OED as "obsolete"), 1590s, from secret (n.). Related: Secreted; secreting.
Idioms and Phrases with secretly
see in secret; open secret.